Fightins Crush Rock Cats, 12-3, in Record Win
READING, Pa---The Reading Fightin Phils (46-59) battered 15 hits Saturday night to send the New Britain Rock Cats (48-59) to their ninth straight loss, 12-3, in front of 7,521 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium. The victory was the team's third straight and most lopsided victory of the season.
Like the first three games in the series, the Fightins fell behind to the Rock Cats by one run before their offensive outburst. On Saturday, Reading responded in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Maikel Franco that sent home Albert Cartwright. Reading kept rolling in the second inning when Anthony Hewitt launched a stand up triple over New Britain center fielder Jordan Parraz to score Kelly Dugan and break the 1-1 tie.
The team added to their lead in the fourth inning on a Troy Hanzawa sacrifice fly, but it was a five-run fifth the put the final nail in the New Britain coffin. Maikel Franco kick started the outpouring with a lead off double and Jim Murphy followed with a single. Rock Cats starter DJ Baxendale then plunked Kelly Dugan to load the bases with no outs for the bottom half of the order.
Franco and Murphy scored in the next at-bat when Eddie Rosario made an error on the throw to home after John Suomi grounded into second. The trio of Tyler Henson, Anthony Hewitt and Cartwright each hit run-scoring singles with one out in the inning to rack up the final three runs of the inning for Reading.
In the seventh inning, Henson continued his terrific night with his second double, this time an RBI hit that plated Jim Murphy. Henson picked up his first three-hit night since May 31st and drove in and scored a pair of runs.
Suomi put the game way out of reach in the eighth when he hit a three-run blast for his third total home run of the season.
Starting pitcher Seth Rosin earned his ninth win of the season after allowed one earned run over five innings. It took the former reliever 86 pitches to get through his outing. He also had four strikeouts and just one walk.
Tyler Knigge gave up two runs in his one inning outing, but otherwise, the Fightins bullpen shut down Rock Cats hitters with Hector Neris and Kyle Simon collaborating for three scoreless innings of relief.
Top Phillies prospect LHP Jesse Biddle (4-10, 3.51 ERA) and the Fightins seek the series sweep against New Britain and RHP Kyle Davies (0-0, 13.50 ERA). Tune into Oldies 1340 WRAW-AM, Service Electric's 2Sports, or MiLB.TV for the game broadcast with Fightins play-by-play announcer Anthony Oppermann at 5:35 p.m.
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