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Seabold gets first AA win

Connor Seabold
Connor Seabold delivers a pitch to the plate during the Florida State League game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Clearwater Threshers on April 11, 2018, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Connor Seabold (1-2) earned his first double-A win on Wednesday night by allowing just one run in seven innings against the Akron RubberDucks. The Reading Fightin Phils won 6-1 and clinched the season-series against the RubberDucks.

Seabold opened the season with High-A Clearwater and went 4-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 starts with the Threshers. The start was the eighth of the season for Seabold with Reading after being promoted to the Fightins in late June. While his season ERA is an unruly 5.53, he’s pitched well in his last three starts, he’s posted a 1.50 ERA; three earned runs in 18 innings.

The Phillies drafted Seabold in the third round of the 2017 Draft out of Cal State Fullerton where he threw 127 innings last season. The Phillies decided to limit his outings and kept him to just five relief appearances with Williamsport in his debut season as a pro. After having him skip over Lakewood, it was a bit of a surprise that they moved him from Clearwater to Reading relatively quickly. After weathering his early struggles, Seabold seems to be adjusting to the rigors of Double-A.

Also in the Fightins 6-1 win Wednesday, Darick Hall hit a two-run home run off James Karinchak (0-1) in the top of the fourth inning to give the Fightins a 2-1 lead. Damek Tomscha scored on the home run after he had singled to get on base. The home run was Hall’s twelfth of the season and came after Josh Tomlin pitched three scoreless innings for Akron in his major league rehab start.

Akron got a run off Seabold in the bottom of the seventh inning as Connor Marabell delivered an RBI double against Seabold to score Nellie Rodriguez and make it a 2-1 game.

Reading scored four runs off Dominic DeMasi in the top of the ninth inning to extend their lead to 6-1. Jose Pujols scored on a fielder’s choice while Jan Hernandez and Malquin Canelo both scored on a fielding error by Andrew Calica. Cornelius Randolph came through with an RBI single to score Adam Haseley for the final run of the inning.

Josh Tols pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning while Edgar Garcia struck out the side to finish the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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