Reading Wraps A Successful Road Trip

TRENTON, N.J -- The Reading Phillies defeated the Trenton Thunder by a score of 7-6 to take the series finale in front of 7,635 fans at Waterfront Park. The win gave the R-Phils their second straight series win and made them 4-2 as they completed their six game road-trip.

Luke Lockwood got the win for Reading, pitching two scoreless innings of relief behind starter Zack Segovia who pitched six innings after struggling early. Justin Pope took the loss for Trenton, in his first major blowup since being sent down from Columbus in early May. Chris Key pitched the ninth behind Evan Fahrner to notch his first save.

Segovia struggled early, giving up three extra base hits in the first two innings, including a three-run homer to Shelley Duncan that gave Trenton a 3-0 early lead. The R-Phils cut the lead to 3-2 off Shawn Chacon, who started for Trenton on a rehab assignment. Matt Padgett walked to start the inning and scored when Brandon Gemoll followed with a double to center. Two batters later, Jesus Merchan followed with a double to left that scored Gemoll and made it 3-2 Trenton.

Trenton added two more in the second to make it 5-2 before Segovia settled down to pitch four scoreless innings after giving up five in the first two innings. Pitching coach Tom Filer wasn't impressed with his starter, even after he battled back and put up four scoreless innings.

Said Filer, "I didn't think he was great today. He showed fortitude after getting hit early. It just took a while for it to click today."

Reading battled back against the Trenton bullpen, posting four unanswered runs until a Trenton rally added one back in the ninth.

J. Brent Cox came on behind Chacon and the first two hitters proceeded to reach base and eventually came around to score and make it a 5-4 game. Padgett led off with his second walk of the game and Gemoll followed with his second double of the game to put runners on second and third with no outs. Padgett scored on a ground ball and Gemoll scored to tie the game when Jesus Merchan collected an infield single.

After Merchan tried to give Trenton a victory with two errors in the bottom half of the eighth, he started the rally that gave the R-Phils the win off Trenton closer Pope with two runs in the top of the ninth. After leading off with an infield single and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Winchester, the R-Phils went up 6-5 on a single by John Castellano and posted an important insurance run on Padgett's fielders choice.

Reading manager P.J. Forbes was pleased with his team's effort and believes it was a good way to end a very successful road-trip for the R-Phils.

"Anytime you get down early, we didn't let the first inning faze us.

"We didn't quit and this team hasn't quit all year and that says a lot about them," said Forbes.

The R-Phils will enjoy tomorrow as Monday is an Eastern League wide off-day. The Phils open a six game home-stand against Binghamton on Tuesday night.

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