The Phillies are hot now thanks to the middle of the lineup. Finally Realmuto, Harper and Hoskins are hot with the bat at the same time resulting in a five game winning streak. For the Reading Fightin Phils, it’s the bats in the top of the lineup that is jumping starting their offense.
The last two Fightin Phils wins on the road against Richmond have been fueled by lead off hitter Arquimedes Gamboa, the No. 2 hitter, Jhailyn Ortiz and the three hole bat of Bryson Stott.
Gamboa has come off a big July where he hit .308 for the month up from .148 which he hit in June. In the two most recent wins, he went 3 for 10 scoring three runs.
Ortiz has been on fire in his four August AA starts in center field. He has hit .467 with an OPS of 1.287 so far in the month with a double and a homer. He has gone 4 for 9 with three runs scored in the two wins.
According to MiLB.TV’s announcer in Thursday’s game, in Ortiz’s first two at bats, he put balls in play with exit velocities of 111 mph and 110 mph. We found that the highest average exit velocity in the MLB in 2020 was 95.9 mph by San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. Read HERE.
Stott is hitting .353 in early August while hitting behind Ortiz in the order. He went 3 for 5 in yesterday’s win with a triple, double and a single for two runs scored and two RBIs.
Reading has shown a strong lineup hitting and up the middle defensively in their last two wins with Gamboa at second, Ortiz in center and Stott at short . This has resulted in winning baseball.