Fightins Take Game 1, Suspended in Game 2 vs. Akron

Second Half Opens with a Long Night at FirstEnergy Stadium

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By Reading Fightin Phils | June 20, 2019 1:11 AM

(READING, PA) - On a long night of baseball at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Reading Fightin Phils earned a 6-4 victory in game one of a doubleheader against the Akron Rubberducks, then saw game two suspended due to rain with the teams tied at one heading to the top of the eighth inning on Wednesday night.

The suspended contest will resume Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and will pick up with a runner at second in the top of the eighth due to the extra-inning rule. The regularly-scheduled contest will follow at 7:10 p.m.

In the first game of a rehab assignment, Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan hurled a perfect first inning in game one, picking up a strikeout. He needed just nine pitches (seven strikes) in his first appearance since he was placed on the Phillies Injured List with a left forearm strain on May 29.

Mauricio Llovera entered in the second, and held Akron (0-1, 34-36) off the board before the Ducks broke out for three runs in the top of the fourth.

Connor Marabell and Wilson Garcia opened the frame with singles, and Alex Call dropped down a bunt. Llovera fielded and threw wide of first, allowing Call to reach and Marabell to score on the error. Following a strikeout of Tyler Kriger, Nellie Rodriguez dropped a two-run single to left to make it 3-0 Akron.

Reading (1-0, 40-28) pulled even in the home half, taking advantage of back-to-back one-out walks. Grenny Cumana then reached on an error on the shortstop Ernie Clement, loading the bases. Cornelius Randolph brought home all three, ripping a double toward the corner in right to tie the ballgame at three.

In the middle of the fifth, the game entered a lengthy rain delay that lasted an hour and 22 minutes.

Upon resumption, Mickey Moniak greeted reliever Kyle Nelson (1-1) with a single to center. Josh Stephen then worked a walk, and Darick Hall belted a three-run bomb out to right-center to open up a 6-3 lead for Reading. The homer for Hall was his 14th of the season.

Aaron Brown permitted a run in the seventh, but hung on for his second save.

The RubberDucks grabbed the early advantage in game two. Call was hit by a pitch from Jose Taveras to start the frame, then stole second. After Call moved to third on a groundout, he crossed the plate on a Li-Jen Chu sacrifice fly.

Jose Taveras tossed three innings in the start, permitting one run on four hits.

Reading came back to tie it in the fourth. Hall got it going by striking a double off the wall in left, and Austin Listi followed with a single to left field that scored Hall to bring the teams even at one apiece.

The teams remained tied at one through the scheduled seven innings, and with the rain worsening the umpires called for the tarp at 11:53 p.m. The game entered a half hour delay before play was officially suspended at 12:24 a.m.

Play resumes at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, before the Fightins and RubberDucks meet for the final time this season at 7:10 p.m. The games will be broadcast on 610 ESPN and the Fightins radio network beginning at 5:15 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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