Went out to Reading to catch the Phils AA affiliate as they hosted Bryce Harper and the rest of the Harrisburg Senators Last night. This was my second stop on my Bryce Harper tour - to see a game report on my previous game click here.
For Tuesday night Reading was quite busy as a perfect storm of events helped to fill the classic ballpark.
1) Prospect Bryce Harper was in town and folks definitely knew about him - plenty of flashbulbs for a minor league game
2) Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz Bobble Head giveaway night - one of the most annoying "Talking" bobbleheads ever.
3) Really nice weather - it was warm but really low humidity for this area in August.
The R-Phils won the contest 8-4 with the bulk of their scoring happening during a 6 run 6th highlighted by a Steve Singleton Grand Slam. Singleton is a castoff from the Twins system who just got called up to Reading from Lakewood. Harper was 1-4 with a well hit gap double. Longtime Phils Minor league catcher Tuffy Gosewhich had a dinger for the good guys. Nats Prospect (Mary) Tyler Moore hit his 25th homer for the Senators.
-Harper either stepped in a hole or tripped over his elongated pants while trying to field a single in an effort to make a throw to the plate. In the game I saw Harper play in Harrisburg last month, he played it safe coming in on a ball that may have been catchable allowing it to drop in for a single. He did run the bases well once again, and that definitely appears to be an asset - especially for a guy that came up as a catcher.
-Oliver Perez (yes that Ollie Perez) got the start for the Nats. Not only did he get a hit, but he also had a stolen base in the game. For all of my complaints about his performance at the major league level, Perez did appear to be having fun in last nights game and did demonstrate some leadership qualities. Perez had a decent outing giving up only 1 run over 5. it ws the bullpen that gave up the big runs.
-Reading has done a good job updating their ballpark. They have added a significant outdoor area w/ pre-game activities and a real clubhosue store, of course it has major league prices.
-Since the Phils promoted Freddy Galvis this week, other than Matt Rizzoti who is playing Ryan Howard's position, I am not sure that Reading had a legitimate prospect playing in the field right now.
-Tyler Moore went 3-4 last night and has homered in both games I saw the Sens play this year.
-Apparently the Sens have a player named Stepen King.
-The Nats just picked up Erik Komatsu in return for Jerry Hairston Jr at the deadline - Komatsu busted bats in each of his first 3 at bats of the game - he is a LH bat with speed. Little guy potential leadoff man.