R-Phils Rally To Beat Trenton 9-3

The Reading Phillies demolished the Trenton Thunder by a score of 9-3 in front of 4,950 fans on a beautiful night at Waterfront Park. The win was Reading's fifth in their last six games and was the second straight loss for the Thunder. Allen Davis got the win for Reading to improve to 4-2 on the season while Jeff Karstens took the loss for Trenton and fell to 4-3 on the year.

Reading manager Steve Swisher was very proud of his team after the game saying, "I'm proud of these guys because they were getting their asses kicked. People were having fun laughing at us. I'm proud of their effort and that's all I have to say." Reading jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth when Ryan Fleming led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and scored on a single by Jim Deschaine after a Randy Ruiz strike out.

Trenton came back to tie it in the bottom of the fifth, when the red hot Andy Cannizaro led off the inning with a double to the left field corner that was followed by an Omir Santos single that moved him to third. Cannizaro scored two batters later when Gabe Lopez singled to right before Kevin Thompson was thrown out at the plate, trying to score from first on the Lopez single. That tied the game at one before the R-Phils took command.

Reading broke the game open in the seventh scoring five in the inning off Thunder starter Karstens. The first three batters of the inning reached base, the first two on back-to-back singles and Ryan Fleming on an error by Karstens when he threw to second to cut down Roberson and his throw pulled the shortstop Cannizaro off the bag. After Ruiz's RBI groundout to shortstop, Deschaine followed with a two run single to center and the next batter, Juan Richardson, doubled to left to score two more and make it 5-1. Richardson would score on a single to left-center by Brian Hitchcox to make it 6-1 and spell the end for Karstens.

The Thunder bullpen wasn't much relief for manager Bill Masse though as reliever Eduardo Sierra allowed three runs in the seventh. Masse was unavailable for comment after the game, but it would have been interesting to hear what he had to say about his bullpen's failure. Michael Bourn led off the inning with a double off the glove of third baseman Eric Duncan and Roberson singled to center before Ryan Fleming hit the big blow, a triple down the right field line that scored two and made it 8-1. Ruiz followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Fleming and caped the scoring at 9-1.

Trenton made it 9-3 off a tiring Davis in the seventh as the only three batters he faced in the inning all reached base. Santos led off with a single right before Yobal Duenas doubled to left-center to put runners at second and third. Kevin Thompson singled to left to score Santos and Davis' night was done. Reading pitching coach Tom Filer was pleased with the outing Davis gave his team. "Davis has been real consistent for us. Six of his seven starts have been just like that. He throws strikes and he works fast." said Filer.

The only other Trenton run to score was Duenas on Gabe Lopez's groundout to shortstop off Ryan Cameron, who came on behind Davis and closed the door.

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