R-Phils Use Longball To Start New Streak

The Reading Phillies started another winning streak with a 9-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder in front of 7,416 fans at Waterfront Park. The R-Phils took a 2-0 lead in the first and lead for almost the entire game. Chris Rojas got the win and improved to 8-5, pitching seven and one-third innings of solid baseball while the struggling Jon Skaggs fell to 2-7. Skaggs allowed six runs and four home runs in four and two-thirds innings for Trenton.

Michael Bourn got the R-Phils started early with a lead-off home run to make it 1-0 in favor of Reading. Two batters later, Ryan Fleming coaxed a walk and stole second before scoring the second Reading run of the inning on an infield single off the bat of Juan Sosa to put Trenton in a 2-0 hole before they even came to bat.

The Thunder came right back in their half of the first when Kevin Thompson led off the first with a homer to left-center to cut the Reading lead in half. The Thunder took a 3-2 lead in the second on back-to-back homers by Eric Duncan and Bronson Sardinha. That would be the total of the Thunder offense on this night as the R-Phils responded to score seven unanswered runs and go on to win by a 9-3 score.

R-Phils skipper Steve Swisher was pleased at the way his team responded after losing the first game of the three-game series on Friday night.

"It was a great team effort. We really worked hard and played hard. We responded the way I thought we would." said the skipper.

Tom Filer was pleased with the outing he got from Chris Rojas, and added that that it was how Rojas has pitched all season long.

"He's been doing that every time he goes out. He's throwing the ball well every time he goes out there." said Filer.

The R-Phils took the lead for good in the third on back-to-back homeruns by Chris Roberson and Ryan Fleming to make it 4-3. Reading never looked back.

They made it a 6-3 game in the fifth after Roberson led off with a bunt single and Ruiz belted his first home run of the night to start a 2-for-5 night that included three groundouts to third around two homeruns.

Swisher's team added even more insurance in the eighth when they started a two-out rally. Tim Gradoville started it with a walk and Bourn added a single to right before Roberson contributed a two-run double to the left-field corner to make it 8-2. Ruiz's second home run of the night added the ninth run to lead off the ninth and firmly place the victory on ice for the R-Phils.


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