RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With one of their best players in the opposing dugout, the Squirrels didn't have enough to beat the Reading Phillies on Tuesday night. The R-Phils bounced back from a 4-3 deficit to take a 6-4 win at the Diamond.
Earlier in the day, the Giants have acquired two-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence in exchange for Flying Squirrels catcher Tommy Joseph, outfielder Nate Schierholtz and minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pence, 29, batted .271 (108-for-398) with 17 home runs and 59 RBI in 101 games for the Phillies this season. He was leading the team in hits, home runs, RBI, runs scored (59), total bases (178) and walks (37). Among the National League leaders, his 22 go-ahead RBI are tied for the most in the league while his 10 game-winning RBI are tied for the ninth-most. He's also appeared in 101 games this season, tied for the third-most in the NL behind San Diego's Chase Headley (103) and Atlanta's Michael Bourn (102).
Pence is a career .291 hitter (252-for-866) with runners in scoring position and he has the second-most outfield assists (61) in the Majors over the last five seasons (2008-12), trailing only Jeff Francoeur (64). In just 20 games here at AT&T Park, he owns a .329 average (25-for-76) with five home runs and 10 RBI.
The six-year Major League veteran owns a career batting average of .290 (943-for-3,254) with 172 doubles, 28 triples, 131 home runs and 471 RBI in 835 games with Houston (2007-11) and Philadelphia (2011-12).
Joseph, 21, was the Giants' second round selection in the 2009 draft out of Horizon (Scottsdale, AZ) High School and was regarded as one of San Francisco's top young prospects entering the 2012 campaign. He was named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team this year and also participated in the Futures Game in Kansas City. The catcher has batted .260 (79-for-304) with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 80 games for double-A Richmond this season, his third professional campaign.
Joseph did not play for the R-Phils on Tuesday, but is expected to play on Wednesday.
Reading didn't need him, jumping out to a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Craig Westcott on the hill for the Squirrels, did plenty of damage at the dish. The Squirrels starting pitcher had RBI singles in the 4th and 6th innings. But he'd give up the 4-3 lead, and wind up suffering the loss.