The Fightin Phils (19-10) have posted their highest water-mark of the season after sweeping Saturday night's double-header against the Portland Sea Dogs (9-20). It's the first time Reading took both games since 7/19/14 against New Britain.
In game one, Fightin Phils starter Ricardo Pinto retired 11 out of the first 15 batters he faced. The Sea Dogs would take a 1-0 lead off Pinto in the top of the fifth inning as Wendell Rijo hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Court. Jorge Alfaro tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. He hit a RBI double off Sea Dogs starter Keith Couch to score Roman Quinn and extend his hitting streak to nine games.
Pinto left the game after six innings as he allowed just one run. Tom Windle (1-0) entered the game in the top of the seventh inning. Jake Fox hit a one-out double off Sea Dogs reliever Williams Jerez (0-1) then scored on a walk-off single from Angelo Mora. The Fightins would win 2-1 over the Sea Dogs.
In game two, the Sea Dogs struck first again. Henry Ramos scored on a ground-out by Cole Sturgeon that gave Portland a 1-0 lead off Yacksel Rios. Portland added another run off Rios in the top of the second inning. Jose Vinicio hit a sacrifice fly to give the Sea Dogs a 2-0 lead. The Sea Dogs scored a run in the top of the third inning. Ryan Court hit a two-out RBI single off Rios to score Wendell Rijo and give Portland a 3-0 lead.
Reading scored two runs off Sea Dogs starter Mitch Atkins in the bottom of the third to cut Portland's lead to 3-2. Rhys Hoskins hit a sacrifice fly that scored Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens hit a solo home run. The Fightin Phils took a 4-3 off Atkins in the bottom of the fourth inning. Christian Marrero scored on a RBI triple from Angelo Mora and Harold Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to score Mora.
Matt Hockenberry pitched two scoreless innings in his double-A debut. Gregory Infante also made his Fightin Phils debut in the top of the sixth inning. Portland tied the game at 4-4 as Tim Roberson scored on a sacrifice fly from Ali Solis. Hoby Milner (1-0) tossed a scoreless top of the eighth inning.
Harold Martinez hit a walk-off RBI single off Sea Dogs reliever Rob Wort (0-3) in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Fightin Phils a 5-4 win.
The Fightin Phils and Portland SeaDogs will wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm. Fans can listen to the game on Sports Radio AM 1240/FM 98-5 and fightins.com beginning at 1:35 pm. Fans can also view the game on MiLB.tv.
Tickets for the 2016 season are available online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, and in-person at FirstEnergy Stadium.
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