'Pigs Edge R-Phils In Exhibition Game

Lehigh Valley and Reading met in their third annual exhibition series, playing for the first time at Coca-Cola Park. Lehigh Valley had to come from behind, but were able to pull out a 3-2 win over the R-Phils.

With some of the top stars in the Phillies organization on display, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat the Reading Phillies 3-2 Tuesday night in their third annual exhibition game.

Joe Savery and Yohan Flande were the starters in the game, with Savery going five innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs. The good news for him though was that he didn't walk anybody, throwing 65 pitches, 38 of which were for strikes.

Flande, meanwhile, threw just two innings, giving up one hit, no runs and striking out three.

Domonic Brown, the top prospect in the Phillies organization, showed off some of his skills, especially on defense. In the fourth, he made a super diving catch on a ball to retire the side and save damage from the IronPigs offense.

Perhaps the most impressive performance of the night was from Scott Mathieson. The speed gun was likely a little fast, but Mathieson was in the very high upper-90s with many of his pitches. In all honesty, he was most likely throwing between 94 and 97 miles per hour.

"I'm not rehabbing anymore," explained Mathieson before the game. "I'm capable of pitching and I just need to show that I can do what I need to do and get hitters out." Mathieson was unhittable in his one inning of work and struck out two batters.

Reading scored first, when Brandon Pinckney doubled and Melvin Dorta followed with a perfectly placed bunt to put runners on first and third. Dorta then scored on a wild pitch as the R-Phils took a 3-2 lead off Savery.

B.J. Rosenberg had a rough night, giving up three runs to the 'Pigs in just one inning. The big blow was a one-out double by Cody Ransom that cleared the bases, which had been jammed with IronPigs. Lehigh Valley scored three runs off of Rosenberg and picked up the 3-2 win.

Both teams open their season Thursday night. Lehigh Valley is on the road at Syracuse, while the R-Phils open at home against Portland. Lehigh Valley has to wait until April 14 for their home opener, which is against Rochester.



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