(Reading, Pa.)--- Left fielder Leandro Castro hit a pair of two-run doubles and scored two runs as the Reading Phillies (43-33) trounced the Richmond Flying Squirrels (36-41), 10-2, for a series-opening win at FirstEnergy Stadium on Tuesday Night.
Reading's ten runs scored in the game are the most the team has scored since they did so in a 10-4 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats on May 20. The win was also the team's largest margin of victory since May 28 when they won, 8-0, at Harrisburg.
The R-Phils took advantage in the early moments of the game when Flying Squirrels starter Mike Kickham dropped Mark Minicozzi's toss to first base that saw Darin Ruf reach first base with two outs. In the next at-bat, Miguel Abreu popped a single through the middle of the infield that gave way to the first of Castro's pair of two-run doubles.
Castro would hit the second of his run-scoring doubles to highlight Reading's four-run third inning. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez led off the inning with a double that was followed by a Darin Ruf walk.
After Miguel Abreu advanced Hernandez and Ruf to second and third base, Castro ripped a double down the right field line to clear the bases. The 24th-best prospect in the Philadelphia system would end the night by going 3-for-5 with four RBI, two doubles, and two runs scored.
Troy Hanzawa capped off the fourth inning with a two-run double later in the inning that scored Jiwan James. The Hawaii native, who was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, also hit a triple in the seventh inning. James was 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored for his fourth multi-hit game in the past ten games.
The R-Phils offense was aided by an outstanding pitching performance by left-handed pitcher Mario Hollands, who was making just his second career Double-A start. In his home debut, Hollands (2-0/3.00 ERA) was perfect through the first three innings before allowing a leadoff single to Gary Brown in the fourth inning. The California native did not surrender a run until the sixth inning when Daniel Mayora scored Juan Ciriaco on a sacrifice fly to center field. Over six innings, Hollands gave up one run on just two hits while striking and walking out three batters each.
Reliever Colby Shreve entered the game in the seventh for Hollands and gave up his first run since June 7th. He also struck out two and yielded two hits over two innings of work. Lefty Frank Gailey ended the game by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
Reading continues its four-game series with Richmond at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. The R-Phils send RHP Julio Rodriguez (4-1/3.01) to face the Flying Squirrels' RHP Justin Fitzgerald (3-5/4.34). Tune into 1340 WRAW-AM on the radio dial or online at 1340WRAW.com starting at 11:35 a.m. for the game broadcast with the voice of the Reading Phillies, Brian Seltzer.
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