Collier's heroics in 9th wins it for Reading

Zach Collier gets a walk-off hit for the second straight night

Zach Collier hits a walk-off RBI single to win it for the Fightin Phils (Tug Haines/Reading Fightin Phils)

By Reading Fightin Phils | August 9, 2014 10:12 PM

Zach Collier looks as if he can't be stopped as for the second straight night provided the walk-off win for the Fightin Phils (53-67) as they won 4-3 over the Altoona Curve (52-70). The Fightin Phils have won six games in a row since 5/17/14-5/21/14.  

Logan Moore got the Fightin Phils on the board first in the bottom of the 4th inning with two-outs. He hit a RBI double off Angel Sanchez to score Aaron Altherr who doubled with one out to give the Fightin Phils a 1-0 lead over the Altoona Curve. Adam Loewen scored on a wild pitch by Sanchez to give Reading a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning after leading off with a double. He moved to third base on a groundout by Albert Cartwright. 

Altoona took a 3-2 lead off reliever Mike Nesseth in the top of the 8th inning as Stetson Allie hit a RBI single to score Gift Ngoepe while Elias Dias tied the game with a sacrifice fly to score Josh Bell. Will Garcia hit a RBI double to give Altoona the lead as he scored Stetson Allie.

Joely Rodriguez came back out in the bottom of the 9th inning and got KC Serna to groundout to shortstop to begin the inning. He gave up a single to Edgar Duran who moved over to second base on a pinch hit single from Sebastian Valle. Ryan O'Sullivan pinch ran for Valle then Albert Cartwright struck out for the second out. Zach Collier hit a RBI single to score Duran and tie the game at 3-3. O'Sullivan scored the winning run on a throwing error by center fielder Andy Vasquez.  

Adam Loewen turned in another quality outing as he pitched seven shutout innings and only gave up five hits with three walks. He recorded four strikeouts. Mike Nesseth allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning with one walk issued. Colton Murray (1-4) earned his first win as he pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with one walk and two strikeouts.  

The Fightin Phils and Altoona Curve wrap up their series tomorrow evening at FirstEnergy Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 pm.  

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