New Hampshire Hardball

Fightin’ Phils 7, Fisher Cats 0

READING, Pa. – Reading pitching blanked New Hampshire for the second straight game on Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Fisher Cats (5-9, 36-47) had five hits, all of them singles, and lost, 7-0, to the Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia Phillies, 9-5, 38-45).


Phils third baseman Wendell Rijo won the game almost singlehandedly. The Dominican Republic native hit two three-run homers, finishing 2-for-3 with six RBIs. Wednesday marked his fifth two-homer game of his professional career and second of the season (July 7 at Richmond). His six RBIs were a career high.

Hayden Juenger (L, 0-5) came up on the losing end, tossing 3.0 innings with one strikeout. He allowed three hits and three runs, all of which came on Rijo’s first homer in the second inning. The three earned runs off Juenger were the most he’d given up in a game since May 21 at Erie.

Jonathan Guzman homered in the bottom of the fifth off Braden Scott to stretch the Reading lead to 4-0. Rijo’s three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth off Sean Rackoski cemented New Hampshire’s 7-0 loss. All seven of Reading’s runs scored on homers.

All five of New Hampshire’s hits came from the top half of the order, and all of them were in the first four innings. The Fisher Cats had just two baserunners from the fifth through the ninth inning, both of whom reached on walks. Addison Barger had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He is 4-for-8 since his promotion from High-A Vancouver on Monday.


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