Reading Phillies Update – August 23

How are things?

Following a split of a Sunday double-header with Erie, the R-Phils are five
games below .500 at 60-65 on the season. Reading has been volleying back and
forth between four and five games under the .500 mark through their past six
contests. The IronPigs have been within five games of the .500 mark for 53 of
the past 54 games this season.

For a while, Michael Spidale and Tagg Bozied were one-two in the Eastern
League in hitting. After Sunday’s games, Bozied has overtaken Spidale and
claimed the top spot in the league in hitting with a .314 average, while Spidale
(.304) is tied for third in the Eastern League in hitting. Bozied also leads the
league in on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.618) and is fifth
in the league in home runs (21) and RBI (81). Spidale is fourth in the league
with 30 stolen bases.

Reliever Sergio Escalona has pitched in 46 games, ranking him fourth in the
league in appearances and Drew Naylor’s two complete games has him tied for
second in the Eastern League, two behind Erie’s Brooks Brown.

Who’s Hot?

Bozied had two hits in each game of Sunday’s double-header split, going
4-for-7 on the day. That extended his current hitting streak to 12 games, during
which, he has six multi-hit games and is hitting .391 (18-for-46) since August
8. The streak has also seen Bozied drive in 20 runs over those 12 games and
launch six home runs during the stretch.

Harold Garcia has been a multi-hit machine for Reading lately. Garcia has
hits in five of the last seven games and multiple hits in four of those games,
totaling nine hits in those four games. Garcia is hitting .316 with Reading,
which would lead the Eastern League, but Garcia is well short of the needed
at-bats to be ranked with the league leaders, since he started the season with
Clearwater.

With Freddy Galvis collecting hits in five of his last seven games, it’s not
exactly a huge hot streak to talk about. During the stretch, he’s hitting .292
(7-for-24), which certainly isn’t bad. Galvis has always been known as a
defensive shortstop who might not hit enough to make it to the top levels of the
minors and would certainly have a tough time hitting in the majors, but he’s
shown some stretches of offense this season. Galvis came into the season as a
career .234 hitter in the minors and is hitting just .239 overall this season,
but hit .268 in June and is hitting .288 this month for the Reading Phillies.
The strides, at least so far, aren’t great, but there are at least some signs of
hope for Galvis to find enough defense to make it to the majors. It’s also worth
noting that he won’t turn 21 until November.

On the mound, Tyson Brummett (1-2-1, 4.96) made his first start of the season
for Reading on Sunday and got hit around in 3 2/3 innings of work, giving up two
earned runs on five hits and a walk, but his overall numbers lately are still
good. In allowing three runs in back-to-back outings almost a month ago,
Brummett had allowed just one earned run in his last 13 innings of work, good
enough for a 0.69 ERA coming into Sunday’s start.

Transactions:

Pitcher B.J. Rosenberg was promoted from Clearwater to Reading. This
has been a rough season for Rosenberg, who started the season at Reading and
wound up on the DL with a right lat strain on April 12 and wasn’t activated
until May 20 and was immediately sent to Clearwater, only to come back to
Reading a week later and then wind up back on the DL with another lat strain in
early June. This time, Rosenberg missed six weeks with the injury and pitched
one game with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before moving up to Clearwater for
eight more games before his recent return to the R-Phils.

On the agenda

After one of those legendary minor league bus trips from Erie, PA to
Richmond, VA, the R-Phils play three games against the Flying Squirrels. After
that, Reading comes home for a nine-game homestand with Binghamton (five games)
and New Britain (four games). Then, the season winds up with a four-game trip to
Altoona.


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