Chris Gloor pitched six strong innings and Johnny Monell went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBI as the Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Reading Phillies, 7-2, in game two of a three-game series at The Diamond Sunday night.
Reading struck first with a run in the opening frame. Cesar Hernandez hit a one-out single and he advanced to third on a well-executed hit and run when Miguel Abreu singled to right field. Darin Ruf followed with an RBI single that gave the R-Phils a 1-0 lead.
Richmond evened the score with a run in the bottom of the third. Gary Brown extended his consecutive on-base streak to 25 games with a one-out single off Reading starter Jordan Whatcott. Brown took third base when Ehire Adrianza punched a single through the right side on a hit and run play. Mark Minicozzi followed with an RBI single that knotted the score at 1-1.
The Flying Squirrels broke the 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the fifth. Brown hit a one-out single and Adrianza ripped an RBI triple off the right field wall. Minicozzi drove in Adrianza with an RBI groundout, which made it a 3-1 ballgame.
After Reading removed starter Jordan Whatcott from the contest following the bottom of the fifth, Richmond broke the game open with three runs on five hits off R-Phils reliever Chris Kissock in the sixth. Daniel Mayora and Nick Liles hit consecutive singles to start the frame. Then, Johnny Monell socked a three-run home run that sailed over the right field wall and extended Richmond's advantage to 6-1. It was Monell's seventh home run of the season.
The Flying Squirrels tacked on a run in the bottom of the seventh when Monell ripped an RBI double that scored Liles from first base, which made it a 7-1 contest. Gloor (2-1) earned the win by limiting Reading to five hits and one earned run in six innings pitched. It was the longest outing of the season for Gloor, who made his third start after making 19 appearances out of the bullpen.
Whatcott (1-3), who allowed six hits and three earned runs in five innings pitched, was charged with the loss. Daryl Maday yielded two hits and one earned run in three innings of work and the right-hander picked up his eighth save of the season.
The Squirrels will shoot for a three-game sweep when they square off against Reading in the series finale Monday afternoon at The Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PM as Richmond RHP Craig Westcott (7-6, 3.93) is slated to start. The R-Phils are expected to counter with RHP Austin Hyatt (2-2, 5.15).
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