Reading Trounces Trenton... Again

The R-Phils improved to 9-3 against Trenton as they posted a 7-4 victory on Tuesday, although the game was never really that close. The starters for both teams came in with a combined record of 4-14 and early on, the offenses took over, but as the game settled down, Reading held court.

Carlos Chantres got the win to improve to 5-10 on the season after giving Reading 8 plus strong innings on 101 pitches. Ryan Cameron notched his second save in as many games, his 12th of the season, after coming on in the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs and finishing the game for the R-Phils. Steve White fell to 0-5 for Trenton after getting tagged with the loss after pitching five and one-third innings and allowing five earned runs.

Reading manufactured a run in the first and set the tone for the game. Michael Bourn led off with a perfectly placed bunt for an infield single. Carlos Leon followed with a groundball to first that got through first baseman Shelley Duncan and allowed Bourn to advance to third. Bourn scored when the next batter, Nate Grindell, grounded into a fielders choice and put Reading up 1-0 early.

Trenton would tie the game at 1 in the bottom half of the first, but that was as close as they would get. Gabe Lopez started the inning with a single to left, advanced to second when Bronson Sardinha walked and scored when Duncan hit a ball to Grindell at third that Grindell threw up the right field line.

Reading took a 3-1 lead in the second and never looked back against White, who was not sharp. White is coming back from an abdominal strain that caused him to miss 83 games this season, but he claims he is fully healthy and made no excuses for himself after the game.

"I'm fully healthy. I feel fine. I've logged enough innings at this point where there's no reason I shouldn't be able to pitch effectively with all my pitches," said White.

White was one of a handful players who spoke after the game. Both clubhouses were locked after the game and Trenton manager Bill Masse held a 13-minute profanity laden tirade with his team over their abjectly poor play of late.

Reading added four runs in the sixth off a tiring White and Ben Julianel, who relieved White in the sixth. Chris Roberson led off with a hard double into the right field corner and was advanced to third when Brian Hitchcox laid down a sacrifice bunt. Jesus Merchan followed with a walk and stole second. While Merchan was at the plate, White uncorked a wild pitch to score Roberson and open the flood gates. Trent Pratt followed with a single to right that scored Merchan and made it 5-1 at the time. Bourn then reached on an infield single to Yobal Duenas at third and Duenas' error allowed Pratt to score and make it 6-1. Grindell followed with a double to left center that scored Bourn to make it 7-1 and cap the scoring for the R-Phils.

Trenton make it 7-2 in the seventh on three consecutive singles by Jason Brown, J.T. Stotts, and Lopez and tried to make a run in the ninth.

Chantres was lifted after allowing singles to the first three batters he faced in the ninth and manager Steve Swisher went to his closer. After Cameron allowed back-to-back walks to Stotts and Lopez when he came in to make it 7-4, he proceeded to retire the next three batters in order and seal the win for the Reading Phillies.

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