Some late inning heroics have played a part in the Reading Fightin Phils stretching their win streak to seven games. on Friday night, it was a walk-off, pinch-hit home run and on Saturday night, it was a home run in the bottom of the eighth that led to win number seven.
The Fightin Phils won 5-2 on a beautiful Friday night in Baseballtown in front of 7,883 people. Cornelius Randolph provided fireworks before the scheduled postgame fireworks with a pinch-hit, three run home run. It is Randolph’s second walk-off this year.
Former Fightin Phils’ pitcher Franklyn Kilome returned to Reading after being traded to the New York Mets on July 27th. Ironically, it was his best start at FirstEnergy Stadium as he struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings, giving up only two runs. However, Tyler Viza was a step above the Mets’ number-five prospect as he went seven innings striking out six, only giving up one run.
The Fightins were quiet until the seventh inning when Jan Hernandez singled and stole second base; he came around to score on a Drew Stankiewicz RBI single to right field. After Stankiewicz advanced to second on a passed ball, Austin Bossart gave the Fightins the lead with an RBI single to center.
Saturday night was Harry Potter Night at FirstEnergy Stadium and the Fightins (57-60) used some magic to win their seventh straight game. Deivi Grullon hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Fightins a 4-3 lead over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and Jeff Singer pitched the ninth to close out the win.
Alexis Rivero did not get any help to start the game as the first batter he faced reached on a fielding error and came around to score on a triple by Joey Terdoslavich, who scored on a sacrifice fly two batters later. Rivero struck out six over 3 2/3 innings giving up five hits, four walks and two runs; both unearned.
The Fightins faced another Mets top prospect in Justin Dunn, who lasted 6 2/3 striking out eight, giving up two runs. Both runs scored in the bottom of the fifth inning when Stankiewicz roped a double to left field, which scored Austin Listi. They tied it up when Friday night’s hero, Cornelius Randolph, singled to drive in Stankiewicz.
After surrendering the go-ahead run the in the top of the eighth inning, Josh Tols (1-1) earned his first Double-A win.