Box Score: 4-7 vs. Portland Box Score
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Tavarez’s two-run home run sinks Fightins
Fightin Phils lose 4-2 on Opening Night in Portland
(Portland, Maine) – Aneury Tavarez’s two-run home run off Jesen Therrien (0-1) in the bottom of the seventh was just what Portland (1-0) needed to win their home opener on Friday night as the defeated Reading (0-1) by a score of 4-2.
However, the Fightin Phils wasted no time in getting on the board in the top of the first as they took a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Scott Kingery and Andrew Pullin off SeaDogs starter Teddy Stankiewicz got the inning started. Carlos Tocci was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kyle Martin hit a sacrifice fly off Stankiewicz to score Kingery to give the Fightins their first run of the season.
Rafael Devers of the Sea Dogs tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run off Tom Eshelman in the bottom of the second inning. Eshelman responded by retiring the next seven batters before giving up a double to Mike Olt in the bottom of the fourth.
Portland took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth against Eshelman. Joseph Monge scored on a throwing error by catcher Chace Numata after a wild pitch allowed Jose Rosario to advance to first base. Yacksel Rioscame in to relief after Eshelman pitched 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Numata made up for his throwing error in the top of the sixth inning against Stankiewicz as he tied the game at 2-2 with a go-ahead RBI single to score Tocci. Ty Buttrey (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Stankiewicz as he quieted Reading by only giving up one hit.
Mario Sanchez tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth in his Philadelphia Phillies organizational debut. Austin Maddox earned the save for Portland as he struck out two batters in the top of the ninth.
Reading will send Tyler Viza (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound on Saturday afternoon as they look to even-up the series. He’ll be opposed by left-hander Jalen Beeks (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch is at 1:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on Sports Radio AM 1240 and fightins.com with Mike Ventola beginning at 12:30 p.m.