All Ends Well in Reading for Wolf and R-Phils

Contrary to the rehab outing by Vicente Padilla Sunday in Scranton, Randy Wolf had an excellent and pain free outing Monday night at Reading. Wolf's rehab assignment seems to point to him returning to the Phillies rotation this weekend at Fenway Park.

The Phillies had to be holding their collective breath at least a little Monday night. Randy Wolf headed to the mound for the Reading Phillies to make what the Phillies hoped would be his first and last rehab start. The outing took on added significance after Vicente Padilla was shut down after one inning in his rehab start at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

Wolf struck out two hitters in the first inning and four overall, including the last hitter that he faced. His outing lasted four innings and he gave up five hits and one earned run. His control was good as he didn't issue a walk and struck out four. The Phillies hoped for Wolf to throw about 50 pitches and he finished the night with a pitch count of 51 (36 strikes/15 balls).

After Wolf exited, he told reporters that he felt fine and that he should be able to pitch Sunday against Boston at Fenway Park.

As for the rest of the game, the Reading Phillies put together a ninth inning rally to win their seventh straight game, beating Harrisburg 7-6.

Kevni Dougherty took over after Wolf left and struggled through three innings, allowing four earned runs. Felix Villegas gave up another run, but Jason Jimenez (3-1) came on to end any further threat in the ninth. It seemed like the damage had already been done though as Harrisburg led 6-3.

Harrisburg reliever and former major leaguer, Donnie Bridges started the ninth by walking Jeff Phelps. Bridges balked Phelps to second, but it didn't really matter, because Ryan Fleming coaxed a walk to put runners on first and second. It looked like Bridges might work out of the jam when he struck out Chris Cosbey and Danny Gonzalez. Kevin Barker came to the plate and also drew a walk to load the bases for Ryan Howard. Howard finished the night 1-2 with two walks. His lone hit was a single to right off Bridges in the ninth to score two runs and make it a 6-5 game. Ryan Douglass relieved Bridges and the hot hitting Carlos Ruiz came to the plate and singled to left to score Barker. Ruiz was 3-5 on the night and is now hitting .268 on the season. Brian Hitchcox then singled to bring home Howard with the winning run.

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