New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats streak ends

READING, Pa. — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) were stifled by the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies) Thursday night in an 8-1 loss at FirstEnergy Stadium that ended a three-game winning streak.

Reading took the lead for good in the bottom of the first. Back-to-back two-out walks issued by Yennsy Diaz (L, 1-2) set up a Darick Hall double that plated pair and made it 2-0 R-Phils.

New Hampshire plated its sole run of the night in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and two out, Mauricio Llovera (W, 1-0) walked Chad Spanberger to force in a run and cut Reading’s advantage to a single score.

That would be the closest the ‘Cats would come. The Fightins added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth – courtesy of a two-out, three-run home run from Hall – to pad their lead and eventually win 8-1.

Notable Performers:

  • Forrest Wall had the lone New Hampshire hit, a third inning single to right field.
  • Kacy Clemens‘ eighth inning walk extended his onbase streak to a team-best 16 games.
  • Ty Tice pitched a scoreless ninth.

New Hampshire and Reading go at it Friday night for the second of four games this weekend. Right-handers Andrew Sopko and Tom Eshelman will duel in a game that begins at 7:10 p.m. Coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network.

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