ALTOONA- Reading plated four runs in the second inning and never looked back, beating the Curve, 8-2, at Blair County Ballpark on Wednesday night.
Greg Jacobs ignited the R-Phil offense in the second inning, teeing off on a Yoslan Herrera breaking ball and sending it over the wall in right field. The blast followed a lead off single from Jason Hill and gave Reading a 2-0 lead. The R-Phils weren't finished in the inning, plating two more runs off of Herrera to lead 4-0.
The Curve did their only damage off of R-Phils' starter Patrick Overholt in the bottom of the inning to trim the lead to 4-2. Jason Bowers again delivered, knocking in Taber Lee and Omar Falcon with a two-run double. Bowers was 2-for-4 on the night, and extended his personal hit streak to eight games.
Other than that , Overholt (6-8) was outstanding for Reading. The right-hander tossed seven innings, allowing just the two runs on five hits while striking out four. Overholt completed his evening by retiring the final 13 batters that he faced.
Jacobs victimized Herrera again in the third, belting a double to left field that scored Mike Costanzo. Herrera (6-8) was tagged with the loss after lasting just three innings and allowing five earned runs.
Reading extended their lead with two runs off of reliever Jason Roach in the fourth. Michael Garciaparra started the inning with a single and scored two batters later on a Greg Golson RBI triple. Costanzo followed with a double and the R-Phils led 7-2.
The R-Phils capped the scoring with an unearned run off of Wardell Starling in the eighth. Jacobs doubled to lead off and scored on a Lee throwing error to make it an 8-2 ballgame.
Chris Key and Bubba Nelson eached pitched a scoreless inning of relief to secure the Reading victory. Key worked the eighth and Nelson handled the ninth.
The series concludes with the final home game of the 2007 season for the Curve Thursday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Kip Bouknight (11-5, 3.76) will make the start for Altoona against LHP Josh Outman (1-2, 4.25) for the Phillies.