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.
Reading (80-61) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and defeated the Binghamton Mets 4-2. Ben Lively gave up two hits on four runs and struck out six. He was lifted after five innings having thrown 80 pitches. Reinier Roibal retired the Mets in order in the sixth, but the Mets didn’t go so quietly after that. They worked two walks before Ryan O’Sullivan stabbed a two-out line drive back through the middle to escape the seventh. Jimmy Cordero issued a lead off walk, then balked the runner into scoring position before retiring three Mets in a row to end the eighth. Stephen Shackleford survived a lead off double in the ninth to claim the save.
The Phils didn’t waste any time getting on the board. J.P. Crawford deposited the Mets’ ninth pitch over the wall in right center field to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. They added three more runs in the second inning on Angelo Mora’s sacrifice fly and Nick Williams’ two-run home run.
Reading left the bases loaded in the third inning and had collected six of their seven hits and three of their seven walks in the first three innings. The Phils batted .333 in the series. They punished the Mets starting pitching in the three-game series. They hit for a .483 average, and limited their starters to 11.2 innings pitched while compiling a 10.03 ERA.
Williams went 1-5 with his 2-run HR and 3 K. Crawford went 1-2 with his solo HR and 3 walks. Andrew Knapp was held 0-4 with 3 K. Dylan Cozens went 2-3 with 2 doubles. Harold Martinez went 1-2 with an RBI and 2 walks.
It wasn’t just hitting that won this series. Our pitchers held the Mets to 0-11 with runners in scoring position in Saturday’s game, 3-27 in the series. The team ERA was 1.33.
I tried to listen to the Reading broadcast, but it kept dropping. So, I switched over to the Binghamton broadcast. Their announcers were very complimentary toward our Reading Phils. Not just toward the end when the outcome was no longer in doubt, but from the bottom of the second when I first tuned in to them.
Williamsport (46-30) Rained out. Game three of the best of three series will be played on Sunday at 5:05 PM at Susquehanna Bank Park. RHP Mitch Gueller v. TBD.
Lehigh Valley (63-81) Finished fifth in their division.
Clearwater (79-58) Finished first in their division both halves. Best overall league record. Eliminated in best-of-three divisional series 2-0 by Daytona Tortugas.
Lakewood (73-65) Finished in the second place in their division (2nd half). Third best overall record in their division, fourth best in the league.
GCL Phillies (36-24) Finished in second place, four games back.
DSL Phillies (40-32) Finished tied for second place, three games back.
VSL Phillies (30-40) Finished tied for third in a four team league.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
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