And that will be your season! The Reading Fightin’ Phils lost the fifth and deciding game of the Eastern League Championship Series 7-2 to the Bowie Baysox (BAL). Reading had a fine season where they showed significant improvement over a 2014 team that finished 10 games under .500. Reading finished the 2015 season in first place in the Eastern Division and had the best regular season record in the entire Eastern League (80-61, .567). With the loss, the seasons of all the organization’s affiliates have been completed. Reading had been one of three teams to make the post season. Six of the organizations’s eight teams finished with winning records. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/19/2015
Reading (80-61) was thumped in Game Four of the ELCS by the Bowie Batsox 9-1. Ben Lively was ruffed up for seven runs in six-plus innings. He gave up seven hits and four walks and faced three batters in the seventh before he was relieved. The Phils were held to four hits and Baysox’ pitchers walked only one. With the series tied, the deciding game will be played on Saturday at 6:05 PM. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/18/2015
Reading (80-61) emerged victorious from the pivotal third game of their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox 9-3. Jake Thompson limited the Sox to one run in seven plus innings on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Meanwhile, the Phils’ offense piled on with nine runs on 12 hits and six walks. Their five-run, sixth inning lasted so long that Thompson went to the bullpen to warm up to keep loose. Coincidentally, he gave up his only run in the bottom of the inning. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/17/2015
Reading (80-61) dropped the second game of their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox 10-3. Ethan Martin and Joely Rodriguez were ineffective giving up eight runs in the first four innings. When they weren’t walking batters (eight in 3.2 innings), they were getting hit hard (eight hits, 3 doubles and 2 triples). The series moves to Bowie for the deciding three games. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/16/2015
Reading (80-61) opened their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox with a 3-1 victory at First Energy Stadium. Zach Eflin earned the win as he and two relievers kept the Baysox off the board until there were two outs in the ninth inning. Eflin tossed six shutout innings and left after the Sox opened the seventh inning with a single off his leg into foul territory. He allowed five hits, struck out five, and walked none. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/15/2015
The Williamsport Crosscutters’ season came to an end Sunday when they were shut out by the West Virginia Black Bears. The Black Bears won the right to advance to the championship series against the Staten Island Yankees with a two games to one series win.
The Crosscutters had posted the best record in the New-York Penn League and drew the wild card Bears as their first round opponent. The Cutters had bested the second place Bears by 4.0 games in the Pinckney division. They faced each other in nine regular season contests with Williamsport winning six games. However, three wins came in June during the Cutters’ 10-0 start to the season, while the Bears won two of three in the last regular season series.
Phils Win! Phils Win! Phils Win! The Reading Fightin’ Phils completed their sweep of the Binghamton Mets and are headed to the Eastern League Championship Series where they will face the Bowie Baysox. This will be the Phils’ first trip to the finals series since 2001 when they were declared co-champions with the New Britain Rock Cats.
Game One of the series will be on Tuesday at 7:05 pm at First Energy Stadium.
Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/12/2015
The organization’s two remaining playoff teams received excellent starting pitching and won their respective games. Both are one win away from the championship series at their levels. Jake Thompson, who was a part of the Colebert Hamels’ trade, threw a complete, game shutout for Reading against the Binghamton Mets. Franklyn Kilome tossed five shutout innings to lead the way in Williamsport’s victory over the West Virginia Black Bears. Both teams can clinch in their home parks tomorrow. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/11/2015
Williamsport (46-30) ran into the same kind of tough pitching that stymied the Threshers this week. The Crosscutters lost a close game against West Virginia Black Bears 2-1 and fell behind in the best of three series. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/10/2015
Clearwater (79-58) faced elimination Wednesday night against the Daytona Tortugas, and came away 2-1 losers. John Richy put together a strong outing but came up short as the Tortugas scored an unearned run in the seventh to earn the victory. Continue reading Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/9/2015