Jake Fox and Dylan Cozens each had four hits in an offensive showdown between the minor league squads for the Phillies and Red Sox. The Reading Fightin Phil’s first baseman Fox went 4-4 with two home runs, four runs scored, three RBIs, and a walk.
Rising prospect Dylan Cozens was 4-6 with two doubles, a run scored and a strikeout.
Backup catcher Joel Fisher had himself a game in place of Jorge Alfaro, hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning to break the score open for the Fightin’ Phils. He finished with six critical RBI’s Thursday night.
KC Sema had two RBIs and two walks, while Angelo Mora was 2-4 with an RBI in the eight and nine holes respectively.
Missing from the hit party was one of the Phillies top prospects Roman Quinn, who finished 1-6 with a strikeout. He also had two errors in the outfield and was caught stealing for the sixth time this season, making him 24-30 on stolen base attempts. Quinn has stolen at least 29 bases in each of his five minor league seasons, despite missing time after suffering a broken wrist and a torn achillies tendon within months of each other in 2013.
Jesmuel Valentin and Rhys Hoskins both were 0-5 with a walk, as both were also missing from the 14 hit night for Reading.
The Red Sox third ranked prospect Andrew Benintendi had two singles and scored a run for Portland. He also flied out to center to end the game in the ninth. Boston’s 18th ranked prospect Wendell Rijo was 0-4 with a strikeout.
Nick Pevetta, who was acquired in the Jonathan Papelbon trade last year, earned his fifth win of the year despite allowing seven runs (five earned) in five innings. He struck out six and walked one in his ninth decision of the year.
Joely Rodriguez pitched two shutout innings with two strikeouts, but Reiner Roibal allowed the final two runs on four hits in his two innings of work. The Cuban right-hander’s ERA is at a perfect 10.00 this year working out of the bullpen. The four hits allowed by Roibal were the most he’s allowed since April 26th when he allowed six in 3.1 innings.
Ricardo Pinto (1-2) pitches for Reading on Friday against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as he looks for his first win since May 12th. He was pulled from his last outing after just 1.1 innings. John Anderson (2-4) starts for New Hampshire