(Reading, Pa.)---Despite scoring 12 unanswered runs, the Reading Phillies (66-58) were felled by the Trenton Thunder (72-52) in front of 8,612 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday.
Reading found itself trailing by four runs after the first inning where starter Brody Colvin gave up a two-run blast to Zoilo Almonte to start his rough outing. Kevin Mahoney then singled off Colvin and stole second during JR Murphy's at-bat. With Mahoney sitting at second, Murphy hit an RBI single plating Mahoney. Rob Segedin drove in the inning's fourth run on a double before being tagged out trying to stretch a triple.
The damage wasn't done for the R-Phils as Colvin yielded two more home runs; a two-run shot to Kevin Mahoney in the third inning and a second Almonte homer in the fifth inning. Colvin still hung on to start the sixth inning, but he was battered by Trenton hitters for four more runs and exited after pitching 5.2 innings. His final three runs were given up by on an Almonte triple off reliever Jordan Whatcott.
Colvin ended his night by allowing 11 runs (seven earned) on nine hits and one walk. The Louisiana native also struck out six. In his past two outings, Colvin has given up 19 runs, 15 earned runs, and eight walks.
While Reading was 12 runs down, it didn't knock the team's fighting spirit as the R-Phils rallied to score six runs in the bottom half of the inning. Leandro Castro and Tommy Joseph each were issued walks by Trenton's Brett Marshall at the beginning of the inning. After a mound visit, Miguel Abreu looped a single to center field, scoring Castro in the process. Right fielder D'Arby Myers continued the assault as he loaded the bases with a single, which allowed Joseph to score on the next play via sacrifice fly by Jake Opitz. Reading added its third run of the inning when Tyson Gillies walked with the bases loaded to plate Abreu. Hot-hitting Cody Asche capped off the marathon inning and extended his 12-game hitting streak with a two-run double to left field.
The R-Phils inched closer to the Thunder in each of the final three frames aided by seventh and ninth inning Myers RBI double and a ninth inning Joseph solo shot. With two outs in the ninth, the R-Phils put the tying run on first base after Troy Hanzawa walked, but the Hawaiian native was stranded after Gillies went down swinging to end the game.
The 55-minute sixth inning saw 13 combined runs scored between the two division rivals. The 26 aggregate runs scored between both teams were the most scored between the Reading Phillies and an opponent since July 4, 2011 when the Bowie Baysox put away the R-Phils, 17-12.
All in all, Reading's 12-run effort was led by Myers who went 5-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored and Asche, who was 3-for-5 with four RBI. Abreu and Hanzawa each added two hits.
Reading sends RHP Trevor May (9-10/4.85) to the hill as they start a six-game road trip with a three-game tilt in Akron. Tune into 1340 WRAW-AM on the radio dial or online at 1340WRAW.com starting at 6:05 p.m. for the game broadcast with the voice of the Reading Phillies, Brian Seltzer.
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