Reading Dominates Somerset in 12-4 Win
The Reading Fightin Phils dominated the Somerset Patriots with a 12-4 victory on Thursday night. The team matched their season high of 12 runs and both Logan O'Hoppe and Josh Ockimey recorded home runs.
The game was started out very back and forth as the the Fightin Phils got on the board first. O'Hoppe was hit by a pitch and scored on a Somerset error.
The Patriots tied it up with one of their own in the third as a sacrifice fly from Elijah Dunham sent Max Burt across the plate.
Reading tied it up in the fourth when Aldrem Corredor crossed home on Freylin Minyety's fielder's choice. Somerset made their second of four errors in this frame.
The Patriots immediately bounced back to take the lead in the fifth plating two runs on three hits, making it 3-2.
O'Hoppe wasted no time putting his team on top once more with his fourth homer of the series sent out to left center, scoring Corredor. Reading led 4-3.
Of course, Somerset notched a run of their own in the bottom half off the bat of Chad Bell.
Reading was done with the games and took the lead for good in the eighth. Jhailyn Ortiz started off the inning by reaching on a wild pitch a the end of his strikeout. Corredor was hit by a pitch and O'Hoppe bunted a single to load the bases. Ockimey sent in the first run of the frame with an RBI line drive to take a 5-4 lead. Back-to-back walks by Vito Friscia and Minyety with the bases juiced added two more. Sal Gozzo doubled to clear them and made his way to third on a Somerset error. Reading led 10-4. Finally, Jonathan Guzman's sacrifice fly allowed Gozzo to cross for Reading's seventh run of the inning.
Ockimey added one more for good measure with a solo shot smoked to right to make it 12-4.
Erik Miller took the start with two clean innings of work striking out four. Braden Zarbnisky took two innings allowing just one run on two hits.Ethan Evanko pitched an inning and two thirds letting up three runs on six hits. McKinley Moore (W, 2-2) got the final out of the sixth and threw a clean frame of his own in the seventh. Billy Sullivan finished out the contest striking out four his two innings.
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