Watching Reading’s Ethan Martin pitch tonight on MiLB-TV showed that he has major league stuff. He went 7.2 innings striking out a career high 11 batters and had no walks. He was let in the to throw 113 pitches before leaving with two out in the bottom of the eight. The Trenton Thunder broke through in the inning to score two unearned runs.
Cody Asche, who drove in Reading’s only run earlier and had three of the five Reading hits, made a key error on a slow roller to third which set up the eventual winning runs. Asche took his eye off the ball to see if he had a force play at second just long enough to let the ball play him for the boot. The game was tied 1-1 going into the inning.
It was all Ethan Martin who was acquired in the Shane Victorino deal. This guy looks like the real deal and will be interesting to watch at AAA next season. He was a first round draft pick, 15th overall by the Dodgers, back in 2008. He had pin point control all night until a 1-2 fastball caught to much of the plate in the eight inning and David Adams drove a two out base hit to right to score the second Thunder run.
The Thunder would score another unearned in the eight inning off of Tyler Knigge on a single up the middle. That was all they needed to win 3-1 and take a commanding two games to one lead in the best of five series which resumes tomorrow night with Adam Morgan taking the mound for the R-Phillies. They will be attempting to stave off elimination in the first round of the best of five Eastern League playoffs.
Martin was using his fastball to get ahead of the Yankee farmhands all night and then would come in with a devastating 12 -6 curve ball or a slider to put them away. The Trenton play by play guys said it was the best pitching performance they had seen all year. They said his fastball was sitting at 91-95 mph to go along with his breaking stuff. Looks like the Phillies might have something in the young 23 year old right-handed Ethan Martin.