Reading Phillies Update - August 23

The Reading Phillies are battling to get above .500 in the final couple weeks of the season. Tagg Bozied continues on his hunt for an Eastern League batting title as he leads the Reading offense.

How are things?

Following a split of a Sunday double-header with Erie, the R-Phils are five games below .500 at 60-65 on the season. Reading has been volleying back and forth between four and five games under the .500 mark through their past six contests. The IronPigs have been within five games of the .500 mark for 53 of the past 54 games this season.

For a while, Michael Spidale and Tagg Bozied were one-two in the Eastern League in hitting. After Sunday's games, Bozied has overtaken Spidale and claimed the top spot in the league in hitting with a .314 average, while Spidale (.304) is tied for third in the Eastern League in hitting. Bozied also leads the league in on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.618) and is fifth in the league in home runs (21) and RBI (81). Spidale is fourth in the league with 30 stolen bases.

Reliever Sergio Escalona has pitched in 46 games, ranking him fourth in the league in appearances and Drew Naylor's two complete games has him tied for second in the Eastern League, two behind Erie's Brooks Brown.

Who's Hot?

Bozied had two hits in each game of Sunday's double-header split, going 4-for-7 on the day. That extended his current hitting streak to 12 games, during which, he has six multi-hit games and is hitting .391 (18-for-46) since August 8. The streak has also seen Bozied drive in 20 runs over those 12 games and launch six home runs during the stretch.

Harold Garcia has been a multi-hit machine for Reading lately. Garcia has hits in five of the last seven games and multiple hits in four of those games, totaling nine hits in those four games. Garcia is hitting .316 with Reading, which would lead the Eastern League, but Garcia is well short of the needed at-bats to be ranked with the league leaders, since he started the season with Clearwater.

With Freddy Galvis collecting hits in five of his last seven games, it's not exactly a huge hot streak to talk about. During the stretch, he's hitting .292 (7-for-24), which certainly isn't bad. Galvis has always been known as a defensive shortstop who might not hit enough to make it to the top levels of the minors and would certainly have a tough time hitting in the majors, but he's shown some stretches of offense this season. Galvis came into the season as a career .234 hitter in the minors and is hitting just .239 overall this season, but hit .268 in June and is hitting .288 this month for the Reading Phillies. The strides, at least so far, aren't great, but there are at least some signs of hope for Galvis to find enough defense to make it to the majors. It's also worth noting that he won't turn 21 until November.

On the mound, Tyson Brummett (1-2-1, 4.96) made his first start of the season for Reading on Sunday and got hit around in 3 2/3 innings of work, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk, but his overall numbers lately are still good. In allowing three runs in back-to-back outings almost a month ago, Brummett had allowed just one earned run in his last 13 innings of work, good enough for a 0.69 ERA coming into Sunday's start.

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Pitcher B.J. Rosenberg was promoted from Clearwater to Reading. This has been a rough season for Rosenberg, who started the season at Reading and wound up on the DL with a right lat strain on April 12 and wasn't activated until May 20 and was immediately sent to Clearwater, only to come back to Reading a week later and then wind up back on the DL with another lat strain in early June. This time, Rosenberg missed six weeks with the injury and pitched one game with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before moving up to Clearwater for eight more games before his recent return to the R-Phils.

On the agenda

After one of those legendary minor league bus trips from Erie, PA to Richmond, VA, the R-Phils play three games against the Flying Squirrels. After that, Reading comes home for a nine-game homestand with Binghamton (five games) and New Britain (four games). Then, the season winds up with a four-game trip to Altoona.



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