Richmond, VA - Coming off a heartbreaking loss in game one against the Flying Squirrels on Friday night, the Fightin Phils were thrown right back into the fire with a doubleheader looming. After getting a complete performance and Drew Anderson's third consecutive win in the first game, some of the new guys made major contributions in a gritty 4-2 win for the Saturday sweep in game two.
Game One Recap : Turns out the Flying Squirrels only offense would be generated in the first inning, as Drew Anderson went for his first win against Richmond shortly after 5:00. After emerging as the hero with the game-winning two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday, it was Caleb Gindl lighting the fuse with a leadoff home run. Later in the inning, Jerry Sands would reach on a double into the left field corner, but Anderson pulled it all together and didn't allow a hit the rest of the way.
In the top of the second, Angelo Mora tied it with his ninth home run and Malquin Canelo would eventually make it 2-1 Fightins with an RBI double. Reading scored six unanswered runs after that, with the loudest pops coming on a two-run bomb from Damek Tomscha in the fourth and Zach Coppola's two-RBI single in the sixth. With Anderson (9-4) done after six, Tom Windle closed it out with a flourish by striking out the side.
Game Two Recap : The longball resurfaced when the teams took the field for game two at 8:00. Two batters into the first, Cord Sandberg crushed his second homer of the series to give the Fightin Phils the early lead. In the home half, the Flying Squirrels would come back with two runs on RBIs from K.C. Hobson and Daniel Carbonell.
Drew Stankiewicz then rang the bell on a home run into the right field corner with one out in the second, making it 2-2 against former Fightin Seth Rosin. Reading took the lead for good in the fourth against Carlos Alvarado, getting a bases loaded single from Stankiewicz to break the tie. The final run came on Canelo's fielder's choice in the sixth, and Jake Waguespack (1-0) and Jeff Singer combined on seven innings for their first win and save. Starting at third base for the first time, Derek Campbell picked up his first Double-A hit with a fourth inning single.
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