READING, Pa — The Reading Phillies (2-0) opened the 2012 season by sweeping a doubleheader from the Portland Sea Dogs (0-2) at First Energy Stadium The Phillies collected a 4-2 extra inning victory in game one and 7-4 win in game two.
Reading got on the board first when Sebastian Valle tagged Portland starter Chris Balcom-Miller with a solo home run to left field as the Phillies took a 1-0 lead.
Valle’s home run would be the only damage against Balcom-Miller who held the Phillies to one run on three hits over five solid innings of work. Balcom-Miller only threw 48 pitches, striking out three and did not surrender a walk.
Portland tied the game at one in the fourth inning when Oscar Tejeda collected a two out RBI single scoring Reynaldo Rodriguez.
The score remained tied until the top of the seventh when Ryan Dent hit a two out sole home run to give the Sea Dogs a 2-1 lead. Dent would lead the Portland offense with a three-hit performance.
The Phillies rallied against Portland reliever Aaron Kurcz in the bottom half of the seventh loading the bases with nobody out. Jiwan James hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Michael Spidale to tie the game sending the season opening contest into extra innings.
Portland reliever Caleb Clay surrendered the two-run homer to Castro in the ninth to give the Phillies the dramatic victory in game one. Clay (0-1) suffered the loss allowing two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings.
Michael Cisco (1-0) earned the win for Reading, holding the Sea Dogs to one hit over one inning of work.
In the second game, Portland’s Juan Carlos Linares led off the game with solo home run to left off Reading starter Tyson Brummett.
Brummett would settle down to retire the next nine batters before giving way to reliever Chris Kissock in the fourth. Kissock (1-0) would earn the win holding the Sea Dogs to one run on three hits in 2 1/3innings.
The Phillies would use a four-run third inning to cruise to their second win of the evening.
Portland would make the game interesting plating a run in the sixth and two in the seventh bringing the tying run to the plate.
Justin Friend would get Matt Spring to pop up to end the threat and earn the save.
Bryce Brentz led the Portland offense in game two with a 3-for-4 performance. He led off the sixth inning with a single and scored on a Tejeda RBI single. Brentz recorded his first Double-A RBI with single scoring Heiker Meneses in the seventh.