The Reading Fightin Phils (62-26) recorded new seasons highs and hit milestones they haven't seen in years as they beat the Bowie Baysox (37-50) 21-4 on Friday night. Reading recorded it's first 20-plus run performance and five home run game since 2007.
The Fightin Phils jumped to an early 3-0 lead against Baysox starter David Hess (3-9) in the bottom of the first. Andrew Pullin hit a one-out single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games (16 with Clearwater) then scored on a two-run home run by Rhys Hoskins. Dylan Cozens homered in the next at-bat for his 24th of the season.
Bowie got a run off Tom Eshelman (2-0) in the top of the second as Joey Terdoslavich scored on a groundout by Chris O'Brien. The Fightin Phils opened up the game by scoring six runs off Hess in the bottom of the second to take 9-1 lead. KC Serna led off the inning with a home run then Pullin hit a RBI double. Hoskins followed with a RBI single then Cozens walked. Jake Fox reached on an error then Harold Martinez walked with the bases loaded. Serna ended the scoring with a RBI single.
Eshelman gave up three runs in the top of the third as Bowie cut Reading's lead to 9-4. The Fightins scored two runs in the bottom of the third against Baysox reliever Jon Keller. Pullin hit a two-run home run with one out, his third of the season. Reading scored five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 16-4 lead. Osmel Aguila hit a two-run single. Hoskins hit a sacrifice fly then Cozens hit a RBI triple. Aguila also scored on a wild pitch.
Reading scored five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 21-4 lead. Gabriel Lino hit a RBI double then scored on a three-run home run by Aguila. Cozens added a RBI single in the inning.
The Fightin Phils saw five players hit home runs and record multi-hit games. Jeremy Bleich and Alexis Rivero both pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Osmel Aguila recorded the first five-RBI game of his career in the United States.
The Fightin Phils and Bowie Baysox meet again on Saturday night. First pitch is at 6:35 pm from FirstEnergy Stadium. Fans can listen to the game on Sports Radio AM 1240/FM 98.5 and fightins.com beginning at 6:05 pm. Fans can watch the game on MiLB.tv beginning at 6:35 pm.
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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