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Reading leads ELDS 2-0, Williamsport ties series

milbOn Friday, the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils took a commanding 2-0 lead in a best-of-five opening round series in the Eastern League playoffs, led my a masterful performance from right-hander Jake Thompson, who tossed a complete game three-hit shutout.

The 21-year-old struck out eight and walked one in the 3-0 defeat of Binghamton, taking his ERA in eight starts since he was acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade to 1.50.

Leading the offense was outfielder Cam Perkins, who went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Outfielder Nick Williams, another prospect obtained from Texas near the trading deadline, slammed a solo homer to cap a two-hit performance.

The game was pushed back a day when the teams were rained out on Thursday.  The series continues when Reading hosts its first postseason game in three years on Saturday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Class A short-season Williamsport tied their best-of-three first round series in the New York-Penn League playoffs when they notched a 3-1 win over the West Virginia Black Bears at home on Friday.

Standout hurler Franklyn Kilome earned the victory throwing five shutout innings.  The 20-year-old righty struck out six, walked three and surrendered two hits en route to the win.

Catcher Austin Bossart, a 14th round pick out of Penn this year, mashed a two-run homer to lead the Cutters’ offense.

Robert Tasin, the Phillies’ 19th round draft selection this year, threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to lock down the save.

Williamsport will look to advance to the NYPL championship round when they play the deciding game of their series at home at midday Saturday at Susquehanna Bank Park.

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