Brock Stassi hit a walk-off RBI single to win it for the Fightin Phils in the bottom of the 10th inning
The Fightin Phils (5-3) secured their second series win of the season as Brock Stassi hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning against Flying Squirrels (3-5) reliever Jose Casilla for a 6-5 win. Jesse Biddle pitched well in his second start of the season as he allowed just two runs over six innings with eight strikeouts as he didn't factor into the decision.
Biddle struggled out of the gate as he allowed two runs to the Flying Squirrels in the top of the 1st inning as Mac Williamson and Blake Miller hit RBI singles for a 2-0 lead. Reading scored a run off Flying Squirrels starter Kyle Crick in the bottom of the 1st inning as Art Charles hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead in half 2-1.
The Fightin Phils took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning as Carlos Alonso and Biddle scored on a fielding error from second baseman Blake Miller. Crick left the game after 4 2/3 innings and Kelvin Marte came in to relieve him.
The Fightin Phils would see the lead vanquish in the top of the 7th inning as Ethan Stewart gave up a three-run home run to Kelby Tomlinson as the Flying Squirrels jumped ahead 5-3. Reading answered back in the bottom of the 8th inning off relievers Phil McCormick and Joan Gregorio as Brock Stassi, who entered the game in the top of the 8th inning hit a two-run single to score Cameron Perkins and Gabriel Lino to tie the game at 5-5.
Mike Nesseth pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his 2015 Reading Fightin Phils debut. Stephen Shackleford retired the side in the top of the 10th inning.
The Fightin Phils and Richmond Flying Squirrels finish up their series on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:35 pm. Fans can listen to the game on CBS Sports Radio AM 1240/FM 98-5, fightins.com and watch the game on MiLB.tv beginning at 1:05 pm.
Tickets for the 2015 season are available online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, and in-person at FirstEnergy Stadium.
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