Special night here in Baseballtown (that’s the nickname they have dubbed for Reading, PA…no idea why). Anyways Pedro Martinez (pictured) got the start tongiht for the R-Phils in a Major League rehabilitation start. The veteran righty had his changeup working as he struck out 11 batters over six innings while giving up four runs (three earned) off five hits without issuing a walk. Martinez (1-0) also earned the victory as Reading tallied two three-run innings in support of Pedro to defeat Trenton 8-4 in game two of the three-game series. Here are some of the highlights…
TOP 1st – After two straight swinging strikeouts by Krum and Corona, Eduardo Nunez hit a solo jack (probably the most exciting HR of his career) over the left field wall to put Trenton ahead 1-0.
BOTTOM 1st – Phils #1 prospect answers with a two-out solo HR of his own as he sends one wayyyy over the right field wall (it actually left the stadium and traveled an estimated 426 feet according to the Reading PR people) to tie the game 1-1.
Dominic Brown HR
BOTTOM 3rd – The Dominic Brown show continues, a missle double into the gap in right center plated Mike Spidale and put the R-Phils ahead 2-1. Two batters later, Neil Sellers golfed a changeup over the left field wall for a two-run home run to give Reading a 4-1 lead.
Dominic Brown RBI double
Neil Sellers HR
TOP 6th – Marcos Vechionacci with some heads up base running as he is able to score on a throwing error by catcher Tim Kennelly to make the score 4-2. Nunez then reached on an infield single which allowed Corona to score and brought the Thunder to within 4-3. The next batter Chris Malec flew out to right field, Nunez tagged and went to third but the throw by right fielder Dominic Brown was wide and found its way into the dugout which allowed Nunez to score and tie the game at 4-4.
Vechionacci scores on error
Nunez RBI infield single
Nunez scores on error
BOTTOM 6th – The Thunder giveth, and the Thunder taketh away. After a three-run rally to tie the game in the top half of the inning, Reading strikes back for three of their own. Ozzie Chavez started things off with an RBI single to plate Jeremy Slayden. Then with the bases loaded and nobody out, Quintin Berry grounded int Veo the unconvention 6-2-3 double play which seemed to pull the Thunder out of any further trouble. However the next batter, Mike Spidale, grounded to Vechionacci at third but his throw was wide left and Malec was unable to scoop it. The throwing error allowed Chavez and Brad Harman to score to make the score 7-4 Reading.
Ozzie Chavez RBI single
Vechionacci two-run throwing error
…back with more tomorrow as Trenton and Reading play the rubber match of their three-game series.