Thunder manager Bill Masse blamed his team's loss on a series of little things that his team failed to execute. He was upset at his team's inability to execute the little things as well as to manage more than 3 hits against a team in Reading that has allowed an average of 11 hits a game.
"We just didn't hit. There's not much else to say," said Masse.
His team didn't give up though as they tied the score at two when they posted single runs in both the fifth and eight innings. Both Trenton runs came on solo home runs from players who aren't expected to be power hitters on the team. Michael Coleman got the Thunder on the board in the fifth with his second home run of the year off the top of the scoreboard in left-center field. Coleman's shot came off Reading starter Chris Rojas in his final inning of work. Rudolfo Guillen, just called up by the Yankees and activated before the game, tied the game with his first Double-A home run in the eighth. Like Coleman Guillen took an 0-1 pitch out to left, but Guillen's home run came off the eventual winner for the R-Phils, Josue Matos.
After a groin injury to Eric Schmitt forced him to exit after two and one-third inning in relief of Trenton starter Borrell, the Reading offense got to face former New York Met Grant Roberts in the ninth. Reading made the most of that opportunity.
After Roberts retired the first man he faced, the speedy Chris Roberson coaxed a walk from the veteran right-hander. Roberson proceeded to steal second and put himself in scoring position and give his team a chance to win it.
Said Roberson, "Yeah, I was on my own. I just figured I'd steal the bag and make it easy on everybody."
Make it easy he did.
Manager Steve Swisher pinch-hit Ryan Barthelemy, who had been in a 3-for-50 slump, and Barthelemy didn't disappoint. His single to right field scored Roberson and put Reading up for good at 3-2. Ryan Cameron pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his eleventh save.