Defenders Win Nail Biter 4-3 Over R-Phils
READING, PA- The Defenders (48-34) pulled off a nail biting win Monday afternoon at First Energy Stadium by the final score of 4-3 defeating the Reading Phillies. The win sealed another series victory as well as improved the E.L.'s best road team to a record of 30-12.
RF-Mike Mooney subbed in for Eddy Martinez-Esteve in the second inning and delivered the game winning two RBI double off the centerfield wall in the eighth to help the Defenders claim their second consecutive win over the R-Phils.
Reading jumped out in front in the first inning as CF-Quintin Berry singled then stole his league leading 29th base to get into scoring position. 1B-Brian Stavisky ripped an RBI single into right to plate Berry and give the R-Phils a 1-0 advantage.
Connecticut responded in the second inning. LF-Bobby Felmy drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on C-Adam Witter's base hit to right-field. SS-Brandon Crawford sent the first pitch he saw to deep center for a game tying sac fly.
The World Champion Philadelphia Phillies sent OF-Raul Ibanez to Reading as part of his rehabilitation of a minor left groin strain. Ibanez went 0 for 2 with a walk and run scored against Connecticut.
The R-Phils regained the lead in the third when Ibanez drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a Berry sac bunt. Stavisky struck again with another RBI single and Reading led 2-1.
The Defenders tied it back up with a solo homerun (4) by Felmy in the sixth before taking the lead for good in the eighth.
Reading kept fighting as reliever RHP-Waldis Joaquin (3-4) had to battle out of jams in the seventh and eighth innings with two inning ending double plays. Joaquin earned his second win in just four days tossing two hitless innings and walked a pair. Closer RHP-Dan Otero earned his fifteenth save of the season as he left the game tying run stranded on third.
Connecticut travels back to the Nutmeg State but remains on the road as they will take on interstate rival New Britain in a four game series starting tomorrow at New Britain Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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