The Reading Fightin Phils season came to an end on Saturday night as the Trenton Thunder won 3-2 to advance to the Eastern League Championship Series. Reading finishes their 2016 campaign with one of the most impressive seasons in franchise history.
Dante Bichette Jr. hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the second off Tyler Viza (0-1) to give Trenton a 1-0 lead. Viza retired the first five batters of the game before giving up the home run. Reading tied the game at 1-1 off Thunder starter Caleb Smith (1-0) in the bottom of the second when Rhys Hoskins led off the inning with a double and then scored on an RBI single from Jake Fox.
Trenton took a 2-1 lead off Viza with two outs in the top of the third. After Tyler Wade reached first base on a walk, Dustin Fowler delivered an infield single, and Miguel Andujar reached on a throwing error by Harold Martinez that allowed Wade to score. The Thunder extended their lead to 3-1 off Viza in the top of the fifth as Andujar doubled with two outs to score Dustin Fowler.
Viza left the game after six innings. He allowed three runs - one earned - off four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Hoby Milner entered the game in the top of the seventh and gave two hits, but got out of the inning without allowing a run.
Milner retired the first two batters in the top of the eighth before giving up a single to Billy McKinney. Victor Arano entered the game and struck out former Phillies prospect Sebastian Valle to end the inning.
J.P. Feyereisen pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the Thunder. Tyler Jones earned his second save of the series as he struck out the Fightin Phils in order to close out the game and preserve the series win for the Thunder.