Back after two weeks, the first complete period without Domonic Brown, who was the main reason for watching this team.
Without its star, Reading split the last two games in June, lost the first two in July, then went on a 7-game winning streak. Arch nemesis Harrisburg terminated the streak, taking the last three games before the all-star break.
The strongest offensive performers for the R-Phils over the last two weeks are a strange lot–Fidel Hernandez hit .467 in four games, then was demoted to make room for Harold Garcia, whose FSL record hitting streak ended. Minor league vet Kevin Mahar has finally hit his stride, hitting .324 and slugging .622 over the last 10 games. Matt Rizzotti continues to scorch, also hitting .324 with an .850 OPS. Rich Thompson is hitting over .400 since returning to his hometown from LV. Finally, Cody Overbeck has been adjusting to AA pitching recently, hitting .313 and slugging .656 over his last ten games.
On the other hand, all-star Freddy Galvis has reverted to his earlier form or worse, hitting just .114 in July and drawing only one walk while Quentin Berry has hit only .189 over the period. All-star Tag Bozied has just returned to the lineup after missing most of the last two weeks. Phils won’t have to worry about Berry’s lack of offense anymore since the Padres claimed him off waivers Wednesday 7/14.
The starting pitching was led by Drew Naylor and Vance Worley, who were 5-0 during the period with Worley’s ERA under 3.00. The other member of the big three, Yohan Flande, was 1-1 in three starts, although he pitched better than either Worley or Naylor. Michael Cisco returned to the rotation, going 1-2 losing his two home games and winning an impressive start at New Britain. JC Ramirez was 1-0 in three starts, pitching effectively but not spectacularly for the most part.
The bullpen is now in somewhat of a shambles with Schwimer promoted, Escalona getting lit up, and Rosenberg still injured. Matt German, Tyson Brummett, and Chance Chapman are pitching in middle relief (effectively), and Escalona, Ennis, Anderson, and newcomer Justin DeFratus are vying for end of the bullpen duties.
Trenton, Erie, and Akron are next on the schedule, with only the Aeros at home.