Errors Snap R-Phils Win Streak

The Reading Philies five game winning streak came to a halt as they suffered a 7-3 defeat to the red hot Trenton Thunder in front of 7,291 fans at Waterfront Park. The R-Phils allowed all seven runs in two innings, as the Thunder took full advantage of three Reading errors. The R-Phils never led in this game as the Thunder took a 3-0 lead in the third inning and never looked back.

Charlie Isaacson got the win for Trenton as he improved to 4-2 on the year, pitching six innings of quality baseball. It was the ninth time in twelve games the Thunder have received a quality start. Carlos Chantres fell to 2-9 on the season with the loss, even though he pitched better than his line would indicate. Justin Pope came in and recorded the final out for his sixteenth save.

Thunder manager Bill Masse couldn't have been more pleased with the effort he got from Isaacson.

"Charlie was in control all night. He was just outstanding." said Masse.

J.T. Stotts led off the third with a single to center and Ramiro Pena followed with a single to right. Stotts had stopped at second before Chris Roberson let the ball get under his glove to allow him to advance the third base. Roberson's error was the first of three that all led to Trenton runs. With runners at first and third, Kevin Thompson followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score the first run of the game. Eric Crozier followed by hitting a grounder back to Chantres that he threw wide of second base and into shallow center field. Melky Cabrera made Chantres pay for his error by hitting a double to right that scored Thompson and Crozier and made it 3-0 Trenton.

The R-Phils didn't give up and kept battling all night, putting up three runs late and forcing Bill Masse to go to his closer in the ninth. R-Phils manager Steve Swisher didn't see the game as overly disappointing, rather as a learning experience for his club.

"We're trying to build pride and respect. We didn't play a good game but as long as we learn from it. This is a team here. We're gonna come out and play hard tomorrow." said the R-Phils skipper.

The comeback attempt started in the sixth after Michael Bourn led off with a single to center. Two batters later, Ryan Fleming walked and Randy Ruiz followed with a single to left that scored Bourn and made it 3-1 at the time. Reading added one more in the seventh to make it 3-2 and could have gotten more. Ryan Barthelemy led off with a walk but was retired when Brian Hitchcox grounded into a fielders choice. With Hitchcox on first and one out, Tim Gradoville doubled to left to score Hitchcox and make it 3-2, but Gradoville was out trying to stretch it into a triple after he ran through manager Steve Swisher's stop sign.

The Thunder put four on the board in the home seventh to cement the win, their ninth in their last twelve games. Bronson Sardinha led off with a walk and moved to third on a bloop single off the bat of Stotts to put runners on first and third. The next batter, Ramiro Pena, hit a grounder to third baseman Juan Richardson who threw wide to second while attempting to start a double play. The errant throw allowed Sardinha to score and make it 4-2 Trenton. Kevin Thompson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Stotts and make it 5-3 before Crozier hit the big blow, a two run homer into deep right center field off Francisco Butto and made it 7-2.

Reading tried to mount a rally in the ninth, but could only push across one run. Ryan Barthelemy doubled to left with one out and scored on Gradoville's single to left to make it 7-3 Trenton but that was as close as the R-Phils would get. Bourn lashed a single to left to put runners at first and second before Masse went to closer Pope who closed it out by retiring Roberson on the first pitch he saw.


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