Hughes was making his first start at Double-A after being promoted earlier in the week from Tampa. Allen Davis, on the other end of the transaction spectrum, was making his second start with Reading since being sent down on April 25. Davis is happy with the way he pitched, allowing three earned runs in six and two-thirds innings.
"You're always gonna have bad starts during the course of a year. I had my two in my first two outings to start the year. My last two in Scranton were good, I got the wins, and my last two here have been good. Unfortunately, there was a Cole Hamels who was ready to be moved," said Davis.
The R-Phils jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after their first three at-bats, but couldn't hold it as the Thunder stormed back to score two two-out runs in their half of the third. After retiring the first two hitters, Davis allowed the next three hitters to reach base, starting with a single to nine-hole hitter J.T. Stotts. Justin Christian followed with another single before Bronson Sardinha, who is in the midst of a 12-for-23 in his last four games, doubled to score Stotts and Christian to tie the score at two.
The Reading Phillies would take the lead for good in the top of the fifth when Tim Moss started a rally with a lead-off triple. Michael Bourn followed with a walk to put two men on to start the inning. Two batters later, Moss scored on John Castellano's ground out to second and Bourn scored when Jim Rushford singled to make it a 4-2 game.
The Thunder tried to make a comeback in the sixth when Shelley Duncan launched a massive homerun over the 35-foot high wall in left to cut the lead to 4-3, but that was as close as they would come. Reading would add one more in the ninth, thanks to shoddy Trenton defense for the final margin.
Julio Santana, with the R-Phils on a rehab assignment, made his second one inning appearance of the series, pitching a perfect inning and striking out two. He came in and pitched to the top of the Trenton lineup in the eighth and would have been perfect, if not for an error by Tim Moss. Afterward, he proclaimed himself ready to return to the big club.
"I feel great.
"I feel 100%. I have a good feeling and I'm ready to contribute and help them," said Santana.