Roman Quinn had the kind of game on Tuesday night that leadoff hitters dream about.
The Phillies' seventh-ranked prospect tied a career high with four hits, reached base five times and scored four runs as Double-A Reading beat Erie, 11-9, on a walk-off grand slam by Rhys Hoskins.
Despite collecting four singles, Quinn was hardly a one-trick pony. His first and third hits were line drives to right field, while the second came on a bunt that catcher Austin Green threw away, allowing the 23-year-old outfielder to race to third base. Quinn also stole a pair of bases and beat out a grounder to third base in the seventh for his final hit.
"Roman, to me, had a great night," Fightin Phils hitting coach Frank Cacciatore said. "He did what he does, and that's just take the game by control and make things happen for us. He put it all together."
Quinn extended his hitting streak to seven games with the second four-hit game of his career and first since July 29, 2014 with Class A Advanced Clearwater. During the streak, he's batting .393 (11-for-28) with 12 runs scored.
"He got off to a bad start," Cacciatore said. "It's tough playing in this league early in the season, especially if you're a southern guy. No excuse, that's just the way it is and you have to get accustomed to it. We've had some spurts where he's had some good nights hitting. Now he's getting back into a groove. He continued to work the whole time and knowing that his abilities were going to play and just keep working at it. Tonight, it came together and I'm hoping that now that he's had a complete game he garners more confidence to keep it going for a while."
After hitting .233 in April, the 2011 second-round pick is slashing .328/.444/.433 in May.
"His rhythm at the plate is improving daily," Cacciatore said. "I think the big thing that he's now getting adjusted to is what the pitching patterns are and making adjustments to those pitching patterns and doing the things he needs to do at the level above us in order to play. It's just one game, but it has been coming. If he gets that continuity in his approach every night, there's going to be some exciting times and I would venture to say that sometime in the future they're gonna say, 'Hey, let's bring him on up to Triple-A.'"
One aspect of Quinn's game that has been on display all season is his speed. He's second in the Eastern League with 21 stolen bases and is tied for ninth with a .362 on-base percentage.
The Fightin Phils' rally in the ninth was a microcosm of their offense this season. Trailing, 9-7, Quinn walked on four pitches and Cody Asche reached on a bloop single. Phillies No. 6 prospect sacrificed both runners into scoring position and Dylan Cozens walked to set the stage for Hoskins' third career grand slam.
"Basically, it was over real quick," Cacciatore said of Hoskins, the Phillies' No. 19 prospect. "The guy [Paul Voelker] who was throwing was made for Rhys because Rhys is a good fastball hitter and this guy was bringing it up there. I had a good feeling about it when he came up because this was a good matchup for us. Rhys is a real good fastball hitter, the bases were loaded and there's no place to put him and he's got to come with his best stuff and Rhys won.
"Our whole club from top to bottom has been competitive. I have to give kudos to the whole lineup for the way they play. There's days where we're completely out of it, where a team comes back on us and it would be very easy to say, 'We lost the lead,' but that's not the way we do things. The kids go and battle to the last out. Every night there's been somebody else."
Asche and Cozens also homered for Reading, which has a two-game lead atop the Eastern League's Eastern Division.
Tigers No. 6 prospect Jacoby Jones homered for the second straight game and drove in three runs, while Jeff McVaney reached base four times and scored four times for the SeaWolves.
Robert Emrich is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich.