Reading Drops Game 3 Despite Martin Gem – Phillies Nation

Reading Drops Game 3 Despite Martin Gem

Disappointed and dejected, Ethan Martin stood at his locker following Reading’s 3-1 loss in game 3 of the Eastern League division series. The defeat put the R-Phils on the brink of elimination from the postseason, as Trenton grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

The 23-year-old Martin, who was acquired by the Phillies in July, in the Shane Victorino trade, struck out 11 Thunder batters while walking none over 7 2/3 innings, although he was charged with 3 runs, only one of which was earned as he took his first loss since joining the Phillies organization. Martin had posted a 5-0 record with a 3.18 ERA in the Eastern League this seaso.

Trenton’s David Adams slapped an RBI single with two outs in the 8th inning that snapped a 1-1 tie and put the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate up for good. The inning began with a single by Tyler Austin, who was then sacrificed to second. A grounder by Adonis Garcia that was mishandled by third baseman Cody Asche put runners on first and second with one out. Ramon Flores then flied out and it seemed as though Martin, who dominated for the previous six innings, would work out of the jam. However, Adams came through with the big hit and ended Martin’s night.

Right-hander Tyler Knigge then came on in relief of Martin and served up another run scoring hit to Zoilo Almonte, that capped the scoring and put Trenton up 3-1.

“I went out there and did the best I could. I just didn’t make my pitches. I mean, I didn’t get them inside, or where ever they needed to be and they capitalized on it,” Martin said following an outing that most pitchers would exit with a W instead of an L.

Thunder pitching held the R-Phils to just five hits and one run for the second consecutive game, following Reading’s game 1 victory on Thursday night.

Trenton kicked off the scoring in the opening frame of the contest when Flores came home on an RBI double by Almonte. The Thunder threatened to do more damage, but a single up the middle by Addison Maruszak was cut off by Reading shortstop Troy Hanzawa before it left the infield. The San Diego State product then gunned down Almonte, after he rounded third to thwart the danger.

Reading evened the score in the 3rd inning when Asche plated Tyson Gillies with an RBI double. Asche would record three of Reading’s five safeties on the night.

Lee Hyde picked up the win for Trenton, as he tossed a scoreless inning in relief of Thunder starter Mikey O’Brien and Tom Kahnle, who combined for seven innings of four-hit ball.

The two teams face off in game 4 on Saturday at 7:05 PM when Reading lefty Adam Morgan (4-1, 3.53 ERA) will take on Thunder left-hander Nik Turley (1-0, 5.40 ERA) at Trenton’s Waterfront Park.

Prior to game 3, Reading placed utility man Jake Fox on the inactive list, as his wife went into labor. At home in Michigan, Fox and his wife are new parents to a baby boy. He was replaced on the roster by catcher John Hill.


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  1. Lefty

    September 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Sorry to hear they lost, but it sounds like the Phils got good return on that deal. On all the deals really.

  2. Jay Floyd

    September 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Yeah, nice additions this year. Martin hit 94 MPH on his first pitch of the game was hitting 95-96 plenty throughout the contest. He’s a really promising pitcher.

    By comparison, Phils’ top rated prospect Trevor May worked up to and peeked at 94 MPH, throwing mainly 91-92, in his game 2 start on Thursday.

    Ruben Amaro Jr has been in attendance for each of the past two games. Unfortunately, Darin Ruf hasn’t looked too hot in either game as he seemed to misjudge a ball in the OF on Thurs, then got picked off 1st base on Fri.

  3. Cs

    September 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I don’t care If Ruf looks like a 3 rd grader in the OF. If he has Matt Holliday power bring him up.

    • schmenkman

      September 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

      They will. After the playoffs.

  4. DavidE

    September 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    That’s good to have another pitching prospect.

    I think some people put too much emphasis on the radar gun. I would rather have a pitcher with 91-92 with movement than a pitcher with 95-96 whose ball doesn’t have movement. And, control is very important too. The most impressive part is he struck out 11 in 7 plus innings and allowed only one earned run.

    So the Phillies have two pitching prospects (Linblom and Martin) for a player that is a free agent and could wind up with the Phillies again since the Dodgers seem to have gone with Crawford.

    I would like to see Ruf. Even if the team just uses him as a pinchitter or uses him to give Howard a breather, it would be great to give him a chance.

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