New Hampshire Hardball

Reading spoils Murphy’s gem

READING, PA — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) were victimized by their first walk-off loss Sunday, losing 2-1 in 11 innings to the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies).


Tied 1-1 in the eleventh, Reading’s Luke Williams scorched a one-out double down the left-field line to score the placed runner from second and help the R-Phils win the series two games to one.

Patrick Murphy was strong in his fifth start of the season. The right-hander established a new season high with eight innings in which he allowed one run on two hits, walked two and struck out seven.

The lone score Murphy surrendered came in the bottom of the eighth. After issuing a lead-off walk to Raul Rivas, a stolen base and a wild pitch moved Rivas to third. Austin Bossart‘s sacrifice fly to centerfield tied the game at 1-1.

New Hampshire had enjoyed a lead for nearly four innings before the tying tally came across. Alberto Mineo began the fourth inning with a single to centerfield and went to third on a double from Chad SpanbergerKevin Smith followed with an RBI knock to make it 1-0 New Hampshire.

Notable Performers:

  • Mineo, Spanberger and Forrest Wall logged two hits apiece.
  • Jackson McClelland pitched two scoreless frames of relief.

The Fisher Cats travel to Trenton, New Jersey to take on the Thunder (Yankees) Monday night at ARM & HAMMER Park. RHP Hector Perez will go for the ‘Cats while the Thunder have named RHP Brody Koerner their game one starter. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. and continues with first pitch at 7 p.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network

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