The Double A Reading Phillies (20-12) needed a stopper after dropping the first two games of a series against the Yankees affiliate Trenton Thunder (17-16). Austin Hyatt filled the role.
After being shut down by Thunder aces Dellin Batances and Manny Banuelos in games 1 and 2 respectively, Hyatt made his mark on the Waterfront Park mound on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old right-hander was impressive, scattering 7 hits, walking 1 batter, striking out 5 and allowing just 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn his 5th win of the season.
The 15th round draft pick from 2009, Hyatt, used his change up efficiently to keep the Thunder batters guessing all night long, en route to helping his club lock down a 7-3 victory.
Hyatt was cruising with a shutout until a mistake to Trenton center fielder Melky Mesa with two outs in the 6th landed in the Delaware River for a 2-run homer.
Matt Rizzotti led the offense with three hits and 2 RBI, including a tremendous solo homerun to straight-away center field in the third inning off of Thunder starter Shaeffer Hall.
Cody Overbeck added 2 RBI, as well, on a single in the 9th inning, which prevented occasional closer Justin De Fratus from pitching in a save situation.
Check out the audio player below to hear what Reading manager Mark Parent and Austin Hyatt had to say about the victory after the game.
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