With an All-Star appearance already under his belt this season, IMG Academy alum J.R. Murphy this past weekend continued his impressive 2012.
Murphy's two-run home run and two runs scored helped the Double-A Trenton Thunder -- an affiliate of the New York Yankees -- advance to the second round of the Eastern League playoffs.
Double-A Trenton lost the first game of their first-round Eastern League playoff series. But they they figured out what went wrong and righted the ship.
The Thunder, led by JR Murphy's two-run homer in the fourth and Addison Maruszak's solo shot in the sixth, beat the Reading Phillies on Saturday, 5-4, to polish off the best-of-5 series with their third win in a row.
Murphy scored twice in the game and Maruszak went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
"[My home run> was a good way to jump out to a lead, but it was still early and there was still a lot of game left," said Murphy. "We jumped to that lead and they got back in the game right away and Maruszak came up big with a home run that kind of sealed it.
"It was never really put away, they just kept chipping away, but we came out with the win."
After the Phillies had pulled back to within one by the sixth, Maruzsak went yard and made it 5-3.
Murphy, a catcher, was promoted to the Eastern League midway through the season after hitting .257 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 67 games for Class A Advanced Tampa. In 43 games with the Thunder, he batted .231 and slugged .408, hitting 12 doubles and four home runs.