New Britain 8 at Reading 13
W: J. Outman (4-4, 3.41); L: A. Gabino (3-4, 3.38)
HR: REA: N. Sellers (11), J. Slayden (10), M. Eylward (3).
The New Britain Rock Cats got off to a great start, recording 4 runs in each of the first 2 innings - then they sort of stopped. Meanwhile the Reading Phillies took advantage of an already suspect bullpen to rally past and win, 13-8.
Kip Bouknight did not fair all that well for Reading although he did get Dustin Martin to ground out to start the game. He end gave up a single to Brian Dinkelman before getting Erik Lis to ground out. Brock Peterson and Matt Moses took back-to-back singles which plated Dink before David Winfree would double the pair in. Felix Molina's single to center drove in Winfree for the first Rock Cats' four. Molina would be caught stealing 2nd for the final out.
Southpaw Ryan Mullins would give up back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the inning, and a throwing error by Toby Gardenhire put Javon Moran on 3rd. Brad Harman would ground into a double play that scored Moran and following a Lou Marson single, Jeremy Slayden would fly out to end the inning.
Gardenhire, Drew Butera and Martin all singled off Bouknight to start the top of the 2nd. Dinkelman's grounder to center would plate Gardenhire, then Erik Lis would triple to clear off the bags. At this time, Travis Minix came in for the R-Phils and the Cats' fun evaporated as he quickly got Peterson and Winfree out on strikes, and Moses to pop out in foul territory.
Joey Hammond drew a walk from Mullins to start the bottom half the stanza. Neil Sellers then singled, but Mike Eylward and Jake Blalock both flew out. Moran reached on a Molina fielding error that loaded the bags, and Mike Spidale would walk to load the bags. Harmon would ground out to end the inning, but not the R-Phil scoring.
Marson walked in the bottom of the 3rd, but Slayden ground into a force out. Hammond would double in Slayden. Following a ground out to Seller, Eylward put his 3rd yard ball of the year over the left field fence to score two. Blalock would single and Moran walk before Spidale flew out to end the inning.
The bottom of the fourth saw Harmon single and one out later, come home when Slayden went yard, over the left field fence, for his 10th of the season.
Yohan Pino would work the fifth without giving up a run, but in the sixth saw Marson walk and, one out later, Hammond double him in, tying up the game.
Armando Gabino replaced Pino for the bottom of the 8th and lead off with a walk to Eylward. Blacklock singled, but Moran bunt into a force out that took Eylward out at 3rd. Spidale singled to load the bags while Harman's follow up single scored Blalock and Moran. A wild pitch brought in Spidale and following a fly out to Marson that put Harmon on 3rd, a single to Slayden brought in the Aussie to make it 12-8, Phillies.
Seller's 11th home run of the year gave the R-Phils 13 to finish off the contest, and also the Phillies largest come back win in 10-years.
Gardenhire and Butera were both 2-for-4 with a run each. Dinkelman was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs and a RBI. Lis would drive in 3 with his triple, while Winfree brought in 2.
Lehigh Valley 1 at Rochester 2
W: F. Liriano (5-2, 4.07); L: T. Blackley (3-5, 4.46); SV: B. Korecky (11)
Francisco Liriano worked 7 stellar innings allowing only 4 runs ad a walk while striking out 9 to blank the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Never mind that Lehigh Valley is the worst team in the International League. It was still a good outing for him.
The Rochester Red Wings would put 2 runs on the board in the fourth, then hang on to claim the win from the Iron Pigs.
Darnell McDonald lead off the bottom of the fourth frame with a walk. One out later, Randy Ruiz would double him. Matt Macri put Ruiz on 3rd, and Sergio Santos sacrificed in Ruiz for the Red Wings 2 runs.
Tim Lahey worked a scoreless eighth before giving way to Bobby Korecky. Mike Rouse would single to lead off the ninth, and after Mike Cervenak was called out on strikes. Andy Tracy took a walk. Jon Knott then singled to drive in Rouse, but Korecky would the last to batters out on strikes to pick up his 11 save of the season.
The Wings would win on only three hits, with Ryan Joregenson going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk which did not factor into the scoring.
Liriano's nine strikeouts tied the team high for 2008, with Kevin Mulvey reaching that figure twice.
The two teams rematch Tuesday at Frontier Field, with a 7:05 PM start with Phillip Humber (4-6, 5.19) taking to the mound for the Wings vs. lefty Les Walrond (1-7, 3.86) for the Pigs.
Infielder Howie Clark was activated from the Wings' disabled list on Monday, taking the roster spot of Denard Span, who has been promoted to Minnesota. Clark did not play Monday night. He has been out the past three weeks with a strained oblique.