READING - A day after being silenced, Reading's bats came alive against the Curve on Wednesday.
The R-Phils wasted no time ending the 20-inning scoreless streak of Curve pitchers, as Miguel Abreu hit a leadoff home run off Altoona starter Tim Alderson. The solo shot set the tone for Reading, which went on to score six runs in the first three innings in a 7-2 win over the Curve at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Though Reading was shut out by the Curve, 1-0, in the series opener, the team still entered play Wednesday with an Eastern League-best .283 batting average. The offense came through early against Alderson, scoring two runs in each of the first, second and third.
Alderson (3-2) had his worst outing of the season, allowing seven runs - five earned - on 10 hits in five innings. Before Wednesday's rough outing, Alderson had only surrendered 10 earned runs in 38 2/3 innings this season in Double-A, but his ERA rose to 3.09 after being hit hard by the R-Phils.
Half of Reading's 12 hits went for extra bases, including a two-run homer by Sebastian Valle in the third. The R-Phils also managed to score two in the second and one in the fifth after having nobody aboard and two outs.
While Reading scored runs early and often, the Curve struggled to find offense against Jonathan Pettibone. Brock Holt - who went 2-for-4 in the game - hit a two-run single in the fifth, which prevented the Curve from being shut out.
Tonight: Altoona at Reading, 7:05 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LHP Nathan Baker (3-6, 5.40) vs. Phillies RHP Austin Hyatt (1-0, 4.76)
Ramon Cabrera was the only other batter to have a multi-hit game for the Curve as he went 2-for-4. Quincy Latimore saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 performance.
Pettibone (5-5) went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out three.
Though Alderson struggled, there was a silver lining for Curve pitchers in the loss, as their bullpen continued to be lights-out.
Matt McSwain, Mike Colla and Vic Black each threw one scoreless inning in relief, and Altoona relievers have now combined to allow only three runs in their last 22 1/3 innings.
Key player: Reading 3B Miguel Abreu was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Key play: Abreu hit a leadoff homer for the R-Phils in the first inning, and they never looked back.
Key stat: RHP Tim Alderson, who surrendered only 10 earned runs this season entering Wednesday, gave up five earned runs in five innings.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: Abreu solo homer (0-1); Hernandez singled, scored on Valle sacrifice fly (0-2).
Bottom 2nd: Hanzawa doubled, scored on Brown error (0-3); Pettibone reached on Brown error, scored on Abreu double (0-4).
Bottom 3rd: Hernandez doubled, scored on Valle two-run homer (0-6).
Top 5th: Brown singled, Alderson doubled, both scored on Holt single (2-6).
Bottom 5th: Castro singled, scored on Tripp double (2-7).