(Reading, Pa.)---Trevor May served up a career-high four home runs as the Reading Phillies (51-50) were felled by the Altoona Curve (50-51), 6-1, on Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Prior to Monday's game, the Washington native had not surrendered more than two home runs
in a single game during his five-year career.
After holding a 1.5 game lead in the Eastern Division on the final day of June, Reading now carries a 5-16 record through the month of July. The team also sits a season-low one game over a .500 winning percentage. It's the least amount of games they have been above .500 since holding a 69-68 record on August 31, 2011.
Altoona grabbed an early two-run lead after Adalberto Santos and Matt Curry each hit solo home runs off the top Phillies prospect. The back-to-back shots came after Reading starter May retired the first two batters of the inning.
After May sat down eight out of the twelve batters he faced between the second and fourth innings, he was taken deep by Santos for the second time in the game for a two-run shot that also scored Robbie Grossman. May then struck out Matt Curry before Quincy Latimore singled. Latimore's hit gave way to Eastern League All-Star Ramon Cabrera, who blasted a home run behind the second row of billboards in right field.
May was pulled after his rocky fifth inning in favor of pinch-hitter D'Arby Myers. He allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits, walked four, and struck out three batters.
The Curve added one more run in the top of the seventh inning when Juan Morillo gave up a two-out RBI single to Cabrera that plated Brock Holt. Holt, who reached base via a leadoff single, advanced to each second and third on the outs.
The R-Phils' lone run came in the second inning when slugger Darin Ruf launched a round-tripper to left-center field. The home run was Ruf's 17th of the season, third-best in the Eastern League this season. The Creighton University product also played his third straight game in left field for the R-Phils, a position he has played at in just seven games this year.
Left-handed pitcher Frank Gailey struck out one during the ninth inning for his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance. His streak dates back to July 2nd where he conceded two earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched.
Southpaw Mario Hollands (2-4/5.30 ERA) looks to lead the R-Phils on Tuesday night against Altoona's Kris Johnson (0-0/2.30). Tune into 1340 WRAW-AM on the radio dial or online at 1340WRAW.com starting at 6:35 p.m. for the game broadcast with the voice of the Reading Phillies, Brian Seltzer.
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