New Hampshire Hardball

Big inning propels Fisher Cats

MANCHESTER – Justin Dillon  tossed six shutout innings and the Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) exploded offensively in a 9-1 win over the first-place Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) in the opener of a five-game series on Thursday at Delta Dental Stadium.


The Fisher Cats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The rally started with a bunt single by Forrest Wall . A base hit by Nash Knight  and a double by Chad Spanberger  brought home Wall with the game’s first run.

With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, seven consecutive Fisher Cats reached safely, and all scored. The lead grew to 8-0 with Wall’s ninth home run of the season. Kevin Smith  knocked in the first run with a single, Christian Williams had a two-run single and Logan Warmoth  ripped a two-run double down the left field line.

Smith added a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning as New Hampshire opened a 9-0 lead.

Dillon (W, 3-2) left after six shutout innings. He worked around three walks and four hits with six strikeouts, and improved to 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last three outings.

Danny Young  tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, and Dany Jimenez  struck out three batters in 1.2 frames, although Josh Stephen hit a solo homer in the ninth inning to break up the shutout.

Wall, Warmoth, Knight, and Vinny Capra  each recorded two hits for New Hampshire.

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