Final Day in Reading

Take a look at my ballpark photo from FirstEnergy Stadium


blasted a walk-off, 3-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning,
rallying the Reading Phillies to a 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Sea Dogs…Rizzotti
accounted for all five runs, tying the game at two with a 2-run shot in the
bottom of the third inning off RHP Casey
…The Sea Dogs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning on consecutive
run-scoring singles by C Luis Exposito and
1B Anthony Rizzo…LF Chih-Hsien Chiang gave Portland a 3-2 advantage
in the eighth inning on a bases-loaded walk.


remains winless in nine Double-A starts, but stranded nine runners over 5 IP
last night…Reading was 0-for-11 with runners-in-scoring position until
Rizzotti’s big fly in the ninth inning…RHP Bryce
(0-3) allowed the game-winning hit and blew his first save of the
season…RHP Michael Stutes recorded
the final four outs to earn his third win of the season.


THAT WAS THE FIRST: Portland had not lost on a walk-off win this season,
and suffered their first defeat when leading after eight innings (16-1)…Reading
clinched the season-series with last night’s win and have won six straight
against the ‘Dogs at FirstEnergy Stadium…The two teams will meet for the final
time on June 4-6, playing a four-game series in three days at Hadlock Field
(doubleheader on June 5)…Portland has won three road series this season – two
at New Britain and Trenton.


DOMINATED BY PITCHING: Portland has dropped six of their last seven road
games, and will finish May under .500 away from Hadlock Field…Breakdown of the
last seven road starts by the opponent: May 13 RHP Bobby Bell (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R), May 14 LHP Luis Perez (7 IP, 4 H, R), May 15 RHP Kyle Drabek (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R), May 16 RHP Randy Boone (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R), May 24 LHP Yohan Flande (7 IP, 6 H, R), RHP Drew Naylor (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO) and RHP Vance Worley (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R)…Over the past 10 road games, the opponents
starters have posted these numbers
: 5-0, 1.19 ERA (68 IP, 52 H, 10 R,
9 ER, 24 BB, 37 SO)


WE PLAY THEM AGAIN? Portland and New Britain will begin their fourth
series of the season tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs won the first 10
games until the Rock Cats grabbed wins of 4-3 (10-innings) and 6-2 to take two
of three from Portland on May 18-20.

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