In case the name Horacio Estrada sounds a little familiar, it could be because Estrada did have a few major league appearances with Milwaukee and Colorado. His big league career stalled and when the lefty found himself out of work, he headed to Korea to pitch in their pro league. As major league teams scour the globe for pitching, the Twins found Estrada and brought him to the states.
The only blemishes in Estrada's line were three walks. Two of them came in the third inning, but Estrada worked out of the mini-jam, getting a pop-up to end the inning. The other scare came in the ninth when New Britain's Terry Tiffie made a bad throw to first, putting the leadoff runner on base. Again, Estrada rose to the occasion and got another pop-up and a double play ground ball to end the game.
Estrada struck out eight hitters on the afternoon and was consistently ahead of hitters.
The hardest hit balls came off the bats of Uriel Casillas, Buzz Hannahan and Carlos Ruiz. Casillas also had a memorable game because he got to pitch to two hitters. The Phillies outfielder retired both hitters to escape unscathed as the game had turned into a rout.
While Tiffie committed the ninth inning error, he also hit his 14th homerun of the season off Reading starter Will Glen (3-5).