READING, Penn. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats return home with a loss, falling 8-6 to the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Wednesday night.
All six of New Hampshire’s runs came in the final four innings, with Nash Knight knocking in a pair of runs in the ninth. Riley Adams had a chance to be a hero and make up for the ill-advised attempt at home in the sixth after what was a solid three-run triple.
However, Adams would leave the bases loaded in this case, gently popping out to end the contest.
New Hampshire’s late rally came up short in part to the high bar Reading set earlier in the contest.
Arquimedes Gamboa’s triple in the second led a three-run rally there for the Fightin’s, with Grenny Cumana driving in Darick Hall on another triple in the fifth, eventually coming home himself on a balk.
Cumana scored again on another triple, this time from Cornelius Randolph in the seventh, that brought Reading’s lead back up to four runs heading into the final stretch.
Nate Pearson (0-2) returned from the disabled list for a limited four-out appearance, giving up three runs off three hits before making way for Hector Perez.
JoJo Romero (3-3) got the win, allowing three runs off four hits and two walks in six innings of work. Jonathan Hennigan earned the save after recording the final out in the eighth and retiring the side in the ninth.
Adams, Nash Kinght and Santiago Espinal each had two hits for New Hampshire, with Knight and Adams combining to knock in five of New Hampshire’s six runs.
Cumana led the way for Reading, going 3-for-5.
Zach Logue (3-5, 3.92 ERA) takes the mound for the Fisher Cats on Independence Day as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs back in Manchester. Kutter Crawford (0-1, 5.19 ERA) will pitch for Portland.