(Reading, Pa.)---A torrential downpour may have delayed the start of Sunday night's game by nearly an hour and a half at FirstEnergy Stadium, but it was not enough to stop the Reading Phillies (61-53) from prevailing in their third straight series. Behind the Cornhusker State duo of Darin Ruf and Cody Asche, the R-Phils rolled over the Binghamton Mets (54-59), 5-2.
Down by two runs after three frames, Creighton product and Omaha native Darin Ruf walloped his fourth home run in three days to cut Binghamton's lead to one. As Reading's all-around offensive leader for most of the season, Ruf is hitting .303 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI through 111 games. He is also now tied for the Eastern League lead in home runs with Trenton's Luke Murton.
Reading continued to register runs in the next inning when Troy Hanzawa reached base via a throwing error by Mets third baseman Jefry Marte. Two at-bats later, second baseman Miguel Abreu singled to continue Reading's wave of momentum in the frame. Former University of Nebraska standout Cody Asche then socked a three-run bomb to left field as the R-Phils took control of the contest.
In his Baseballtown debut, R-Phils starter Brody Colvin delivered his second effective outing and received the first Double-A winning decision of his four-year career. Colvin struggled with his command over his first two innings, walking three and hitting a batter, but he settled in and retired ten consecutive batters from the end of the second through the fifth inning. Over his final 4.1 frames pitched, the Louisiana native faced the minimum amount of opposing batters.
Overall, Colvin held B-Mets hitters to just one hit through six innings while striking out five batters and walking four. His one hit allowed is a career-low for Colvin in starts of at least five innings pitched.
Colvin was followed by relievers Juan Morillo and Jay Johnson who combined for two perfect innings of relief. Closer Justin Friend inched towards the Reading all-time saves mark by picking up his 17th save in 17 opportunities. He is just seven saves shy of the 24 saves recorded by both Wayne Gomes (1996) and Toby Borland (1991). Friend holds the most amount of saves for an R-Phils pitcher since Chris Key notched 18 in the 2007 season.
Outfielder D'Arby Myers was 2-for-4 at night's end and has hit safely in four straight games. He also had back-to-back nights with a multi-hit performance for the first time since doing so with the Clearwater Threshers (A+) on April 13 and 14.
Phillies top prospect Trevor May (8-9/5.00) gets the call in the first game of Reading's crucial six-game road trip that features stops at Eastern Division-leader Trenton and Eastern Division wild card-leader New Britain. Tune into 1340 WRAW-AM on the radio dial or online at 1340WRAW.com starting at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday for the game broadcast with the voice of the Reading Phillies, Brian Seltzer.
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