RubberDucks Game Recap
Fightin Phils 4 RubberDucks 2
WP: Drew Anderson (8-4) LP: Matt Esparza (5-4) Save: Victor Arano (7)
Reading's Jiandido Tromp belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning that lifted the Fightin Phils to a 4-2 comeback victory over the Akron RubberDucks Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
The Fightin Phils (59-51) wiped out a 2-1 Akron lead by rallying for three runs in the sixth inning against Matt Esparza (5-4). Kyle Martin's sinking line drive to right drove home Carlos Tocci with the tying run, and Tromp followed with a line-drive homer to left to give the Phils a 4-2 lead. It was Tromp's 14th home run of the season.
Esparza was in command of the game through his first five innings, walking none and striking out five before faltering in the sixth. David Speer (1.2 IP) and Robbie Aviles (1.0 IP) provided scoreless relief. Reading starter Drew Anderson (8-4) worked six innings to pick up the win, and closer Victor Arano pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save.
The RubberDucks (54-56) were limited to three hits off Anderson and five total hits in the game. Mike Papi slugged a two-run homer in the second to give the Ducks a brief, 2-0 lead. It was Papi's ninth of the year. Greg Allen had two hits and a stolen base.
The RubberDucks and Fightin Phils have split the first two games of the series…The Akron lineup featured three left-handed hitters and four switch-hitters…The Ducks entered play Saturday three games out of first in the EL West…The Ducks now have 30 games left in the regular season…Time of game: 2:20… Attendance: 9,640.
The RubberDucks and Fightin Phils will continue the series on Sunday afternoon at 2:05. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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