Another beautiful night from Reading as the Thunder and R-Phils play the rubber game of their three-game series. Lance Pendleton got his second start for Trenton since his call-up from Tampa a few days ago. The right-hander showed improvement from his first start as he gave up four runs (four earned) off five hits in 5.1 innings pitched. The more impressive number for Lance however was his eight strikeouts and only one walk as he showed plus command of his changeup and curveball to go along with his 90-92 MPH fastball. Pendleton would not play into the decision however as the Thunder clawed back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Reading 8-4 to take two out of three from the R-Phils. Here are some of the highlights…
BOTTOM 4th – The Dominic Brown show continues. After a one-out single by Mike Spidale, Brown ripped a base hit down the right field line, Spidale was able to score all the way from first as Brown chugged all the way to third with a triple, his first with Reading. The next batter, Brian Stavisky, singled up the middle to plate Brown. When the inning ended Reading held a 2-0 lead.
Dominic Brown RBI triple
Stavisky RBI single
TOP 5th – Trenton strikes right back with a run of their own as Chris Malec comes through with a single to plate Justin Snyder from second to make the score 2-1.
Malec RBI single
BOTTOM 6th – A sac fly by Brian Stavisky and an RBI double by Neil Sellers gives Reading a pair of insurance runs as they knock out Thunder starter Lance Pendleton and take a 4-1 lead.
Brian Stavisky sac fly
Neil Sellers RBI double
TOP 7th – WOW! A seven run inning for Trenton as they explode into the lead. Marcos Vechionacci started things off as he belted his 7th home run of the season over the center field wall to bring Trenton to within 4-2. Three out of the next four men would reach base safely to load the bases for Richie Robnett. The former 1st round pick would come through with a clutch two-run single to tie the game at 4-4. Noah Hall then drilled a two-run single to put the Thunder on top 6-4. Vechionacci then singled in another run to make it 7-4 and then Snyder doubled home the final run of the inning to make the score 8-4. Vechionacci and Snyder both had multiple RBI hits in the inning as the Thunder score seven runs in an inning for the second time this series…unreal.
Robnett RBI single
Hall RBI single
Vechionacci RBI single
Snyder RBI double
…back with more tomorrow as the Thunder return to Waterfront Park for a four-game in three day series agaisnt the Harrisburg Senators.