Tom Eshelman (3-2) pitched six-shutout innings after coming off the seven-day disabled list and Dylan Cozens hit three home runs as the Fightin Phils beat the Bowie Baysox 13-0 on Wednesday night. Cozens also recorded seven-RBI as he and Rhys Hoskins are the first teammates in Reading history to have 30 or more home runs in a season.
Reading scored two runs off Brandon Barker (5-5) in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Jorge Alfaro brought in a run on a ground-out and Cozens hit his 28th home run of the season. Scott Kingery delivered an RBI single off Barker in the bottom of the second to extend Reading’s lead to 3-0.
Cozens and Hoskins hit back-to-back home runs off Barker in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead. The home run for Cozens was his 29th and the home run for Hoskins was his 31st. It’s the 12th time this season they’ve homered in the same game and also the fifth time they've hit back-to-back home runs.
Bowie’s Barker allowed five runs through 2 1/3 innings. Michael Zouzalik entered the game with one out in the bottom of the third. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before Scott McGough entered the game in the bottom of the sixth. Cozens belted a three-run home run off McGough to give Reading an 8-0 lead. It was his second five-RBI game of the season and his first three-home run game of the season. The last Fightin Phil to hit three home runs in a game was Brian Pointer on June 27th last season in Portland.
Jake Fox hit his 20th home run off McGough to give Reading a 9-0 lead. Cozens hit a two-run triple off Stefan Crichton to extend Reading’s lead to 11-0 and finish Cozens night with seven RBI, the first time a Reading player has driven in seven runs since J.P. Roberge accomplished the feat on July 20, 2001. Cozens then scored on an error by Baysox first-baseman Joey Terdoslavich to give Reading a 12-0 lead, and Andrew Pullin notched an RBI double off Crichton in the bottom of the eighth to add another run, 13-0.
Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Eshelman, and Victor Arano made his Double-A debut in the top of the ninth. Araujo allowed a double to Chance Sisco, but finished out the game without allowing a run.
San Francisco 4
Philadelphia 5 (12)
WP: Luis Garcia (1-0), LP: George Kontos (2-2), SV: none
HR: SF - none; PHIL - Ryan Howard (15), Cameron Rupp (12)
Maikel Franco drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the 12th.
Lehigh Valley 0
WP: Dietrich Enns (5-2), LP: Gregory Infante (2-1), SV: none
HR: SWB - Kyle Higashioka (6); LV - none
Lehigh Valley collected just two hits in the game.
WP: Luis Santos (2-0), LP: Brandon Leibrandt (0-1), SV: none
HR: CLW - none; DUN - Gunnar Heidt (5), Ryan McBroom (15)
Brandon Leibrandt allowed four earned runs in five innings in his first start of the season for Clearwater.
WP: Trevor Richards (2-0), LP: Seranthony Dominguez (2-2), SV: Marcus Crescentini (2)
HR: LKW - none; GRE - Isael Soto (9)
Austin Davis allowed no hits, no walks and struck out six over 2 1/3 innings of relief.
WP: Isaac Gil (1-0), LP: Franklyn Kilome (3-8), SV: C.J. Robinson (21)
Jacob Waguespack threw two shutout innings of relief, striking out three.
Staten Island 4
WP: Austin DeCarr (1-0), LP: Bailey Falter (1-5), SV: Brooks Kriske (4)
HR: STI - none; WIL - Chandler Hall (1)
Jonathan Hennigan two shutout innings of relief, four strikeouts.
GCL Braves 3
GCL Phillies 4 (6)
WP: Luis Gonzalez (3-0), LP: Anthony Guardado (0-1), SV: none
HR: BRA - Alan Crowley (1); PHIL - none
Ben Pelletier and Raul Rivas each had two hits, with Pelletier doubling and scoring two runs.
RHP Aaron Nola placed on the DL (right elbow strain).
RHP Phil Klein recalled from Lehigh Valley (Klein was optioned back to LV following the game).
RHP Jeanmar Gomez placed on the Paternity League List.
RHP Michael Mariot recalled from Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
RHP Gregory Infante reassigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
Reading Fightin Phils
RHP Tom Eshelman activated from the DL.
RHP Jairo Munoz activated from the DL.