PORTLAND – The completion of a game that was suspended last month in Pennsylvania made for a strange sight Friday night at Hadlock Field.

The Reading Phillies celebrated a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, in an opponent’s ballpark.

Brian Stavisky’s three-run homer capped a five-run rally to give the Phillies a 10-7 victory over Portland, completing a game that was suspended May 27 in Reading because of rain.

The teams then played their scheduled game and the Sea Dogs won, 4-3.

Third baseman Ryan Khoury, who came back to the Sea Dogs this week from Triple-A, had an up-and-down night. He made a key throwing error in the loss, but came back with a 4-for-5 performance, including a triple and two runs scored, in the win.

“Feels good to get out there and swing it a little bit,” said Khoury, who is batting .421 in five games with Portland.


The suspended game was finished in Portland because the Sea Dogs are not scheduled to return to Reading. But the Phillies remained the home team.

The game resumed in the top of the sixth with Portland leading, 6-4. The teams exchanged home runs (Nate Spears for Portland), and the Sea Dogs were up 7-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Tommy Hottovy (3-1), strong through three innings, walked the leadoff batter in the ninth, then got the next two hitters.

But a single and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, bringing up Matt Rizzotti.

Rizzotti hit a hard grounder and Khoury dove to his right. Khoury hurried a throw to second, but it was high and deflected off the top of Spears’ glove. Two runs scored to tie it.

“Just a bang-bang play,” Khoury said. “Had to dive and make a quick throw.”


Stavisky then crushed a Hottovy offering into the right-field pavilion for the game-winner — and unique celebration at the Hadlock home plate.

“Had to regroup and come back in the second game, a whole new ballgame,” Khoury said.

Khoury proved his point with a leadoff triple in the bottom of the first, scoring on Che-Hsuan Lin’s single. Anthony Rizzo’s sacrifice fly scored Khoury in the third.

Singles by Matt Sheely, Khoury and Lin in the fourth gave Portland a 3-1 lead.

Sea Dogs starter Kyle Weiland (2-4) won his second straight decision, allowing three hits, no walks and one run over five innings, striking out five.

Sheely’s RBI single in the eighth gave Portland a 4-2 advantage.


Portland closer Bryce Cox gave up a run in the ninth on a walk and two singles but held on for his sixth save.


NOTES: The paid attendance was 5,457. … Shortstop Jose Iglesias, who suffered a bruised right hand when he was hit by a pitch last Saturday, appears to be improving slowly. Iglesias has been able to swing a bat and can field grounders, but is limited with his throwing. … Today’s doubleheader will feature Casey Kelly (0-3) looking for his first win and Class-A call-up Jeremy Kehrt pitching the second game on three days’ rest. … Sunday’s starter for Portland is listed as TBA, but a good candidate is Stephen Fife, who is eligible to come off the disabled list (slightly bruised foot).


Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

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