Jun. 6—Sunday’s game: Reading 5, Somerset 2
Game recap: Jorge Bonifacio went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs as the Fightins beat the Patriots in the final game of a six-game Double-A Northeast League series at TD Bank Ballpark in New Jersey.
The Fightins (6-24) won two of the final four games in the series but still have the worst record in the league.
Bonifacio, a 28-year-old outfielder who played 30 games with the Detroit Tigers last season, hit a solo homer in the fourth, his fifth of the season, to give Reading a 2-1 lead. He hit a two-run double in the seventh to extend the lead to 5-1.
He has 15 RBIs in 12 games with Reading.
Madison Stokes had a game-tying sacrifice fly in the second and an RBI double in the sixth to give Reading a 3-1 lead.
Reading starter Colton Eastman allowed just one run over 4.1 innings. Braden Zarbniskey retired the final two batters of the fifth to pick up the win.
Somerset continues to lead the Northeast League, with a 2.5-game lead over second-place Portland. The Fightins are 14.5 games behind.
Philadelphia native Brian Marconi, who attended Cherokee High School in New Jersey, pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.
Phillers: Prior to the game, the Philadelphia Phillies added catcher Herbert Iser to the Reading roster, from Jersey Shore… Reading’s roster is now at the maximum of 28… Five Reading pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts… The Fightins have a minus-87 run differential, worst in the league.
On deck: The Fightins are off Monday and begin a six-game homestand Tuesday against Hartford at FirstEnergy Stadium at 7:05.
— Compiled by Mike Drago