BRITAIN, CT - In a battle for first place in the Eastern
Division - the New Britain Rock Cats entered the night just a half game
Reading - the Phillies' Darin Ruf had six RBI and slugged a grand slam
to help power the Phillies to a 10-3 victory on Thursday night.
New Britain starter Logan Darnell
retired seven of the first
eight batters he faced before running into trouble in the third inning.
one out, Darnell (3-2) walked Troy Hanzawa before serving up
singles to Tyson Gillies and Cesar Hernandez to load the bases. That
to the plate, who hammered a shot over the left field wall that gave
R-Phils a 4-0 lead.
The Phillies (21-11) struck again in
the fourth when Hanzawa
doubled in Miguel Abreu - who had led off the inning with a base hit
center - with one out. Suddenly, the Rock Cats found themselves down
"We let it get away from us early,"
said Rock Cats manager Jeff
Smith. "We had a good tempo going. It looked like it would be a good
match-up, a low scoring game."
The Rock Cats (20-13) got on the
board in the fourth
courtesy of Evan Bigley's RBI double. In the fifth, Chris Colabello
into a double play that allowed Chris Herrmann to score and cut the
That was as close as the 'Cats would
come, though, as Reading
scored four times in the sixth to break open the game. The inning was
highlighted by Ruf's two-run double.
"It got away from us," said Smith,
"and they kept pouring it
Drew Naylor (2-0) scattered seven
hits while striking out
six and limiting the 'Cats to one earned run in six innings for
PLAYER OF THE GAME: LF
Wilkin Ramirez had three hits,
an RBI and scored a run.
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