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A disaster in Philadelphia, but some nice offense for both Lehigh Valley and Reading. Plus, Clearwater picks up a win, while Lakewood loses a heart-breaker in Hagerstown.

The Reading Fightin Phils (2-3) got their bats going for a third straight game as they beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10-5 on Tuesday night. Brandon Leibrandt (1-0) picked up his first Double-A win in the process while the offense recorded 17 hits. 

Reading continued their hot-hitting from a night ago as they took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Jiandido Tromp tripled off Fisher Cats starter Shane Dawson (0-1) and then scored on a two-run home run by Angelo Mora. New Hampshire tied the game at 2-2 off Leibrandt in the bottom of the second.  The Fisher Cats scored runs off an error and a sacrifice fly.

Reading scored two more runs off Dawson to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth. Mitch Walding delivered an RBI triple to score Harold Martinez, and Tromp doubled to score Walding. Reading extended their lead to 8-2 as they scored four runs in the top of the fifth against Dawson.

Joel Fisher led off the inning with a single, and scored on a two-run home run by Scott KingeryAndrew Pullin followed with a home run, before Carlos Tocci reached on a base-hit. Martinez singled off Dawson that chased him out of the game, in favor of Chris Rowley. Walding greeted Rowley with a sacrifice fly for the fourth run of the inning. 

Leibrandt left the game after five innings as he allowed two unearned runs off three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Tom Windle entered the game to pitch the bottom of the sixth and ran into trouble, allowing three runs, and dropping Reading’s lead to 8-5.  Windle faced eight batters and recorded just two outs. Yacksel Rios entered the game to face Tim Lopes with the bases loaded, and struck him out to end the inning. 

Rowley pitched three scoreless innings in relief for New Hampshire, before Luis Santos entered the game in the top of the eighth and allowed two runs as Reading took a 10-5 lead. Both runs came with two outs as Tocci and Martinez hit back-to-back RBI singles. Martinez recorded the first four-hit game of the Fightin Phils season. 

Rios pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts. Miguel Nunez came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning, as Reading locked up their first series win of the 2017 season.

http://www.scout.com/player/121850-harold-martinez?s=309

Elsewhere...

New York Mets 14, Philadelphia 4

WP: Matt Harvey (2-0), LP: Clay Buchholz (0-1), SV: none

HR: NYM - Yeonis Cespedes 3 (4), Asdrubel Cabrera (1), Travis d'Arnaud (1); PHIL - Maikel Franco (1)

Cesar Hernandez had two hits and scored a run for the Phillies... Franco hit a solo home run, his first of the season... Howie Kendrick went 1-for-2 and is now batting .407 on the season.

Clay Buchholz left with a strained right forearm in the third inning... Adam MorganJoely Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez combined to go 6 2/3 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 7 K.

http://www.scout.com/player/140406-maikel-franco?s=309

Lehigh Valley 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 0

WP: Zach Eflin (1-0), LP: Chad Green (0-1), SV: none

HR: LV - none; SWB - none

Roman Quinn and Jorge Alfaro had three hits a piece, and Quinn scored three runs. Quinn is now batting .400 (8-for-20), while Alfaro is batting .500 (10-for-20) on the season.

Eflin, Pat Venditte and Hoby Milner combined on the shutout, allowing seven hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts.

http://www.scout.com/player/169790-zach-eflin?s=309

Clearwater 4, Lakeland 2

WP: Austin Davis (1-0), LP: Kyle Dowdy (0-1), SV: Jacob Waguespack (1)

HR: LAK - none; CLW - none

Drew Stankiewicz - 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI... Zach Coppola and Cornelius Randolph two hits each.

Blake Quinn 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K... Austin Davis 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

http://www.scout.com/player/190230-drew-stankiewicz?s=309

Hagerstown 4, Lakewood 3 (15)

WP: Jordan Mills (1-0), LP: Harold Arauz (0-1), SV: none

HR: LKW - none; HAG - none

Daniel Brito went 3-for-7 and is now batting .407 (11-for-27) for Lakewood.

Bailey Falter 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; Will Hibbs 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K; Trevor Bettencourt 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

http://www.scout.com/player/176485-trevor-bettencourt?s=309

TRANSACTIONS

Philadelphia - Activated RHP Zach Eflin from the DL and optioned him to Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh Valley - RHP Wander Perez reassigned to extended spring training.

Lakewood - LHP Bailey Falter reassigned to Lakewood from Williamsport. RHP Ismael Cabrera reassigned to Williamsport.


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