Tom Eshelman held the New Hampshire Fisher Cats without a hit over six innings, leading the Reading Fightin’ Phils to a 7-2 victory on Tuesday night.
Outside of a Tim Lopes triple to start off the seventh, Eshelman (3-0) didn’t allow any hits in his seven innings of work. Along the way, he allowed just one walk while striking out four on the path to victory. He also held the Fisher Cats scoreless, excluding Lopes, who came across the plate on a Richard Urena ground out one at-bat later in the seventh.
Lopes would score again in the ninth following his second hit of the night. However, that would be New Hampshire’s final hit of the evening.
The outing was a marked improvement for Eshelman over his last appearance against New Hampshire on April 12, where he allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings on his way to a no-decision.
Meanwhile, Reading grabbed 11 hits, highlighted by home runs by Andrew Pullin and Jiandido Tromp and triples by Carlos Tocci and Scott Kingery. Tocci narrowly missed out on hitting for the cycle, also accumulating a single and a double in a 3-for-5 performance at the plate.
Pullin’s home run brought his season total to six, putting him in a tie with Kingery, Erie’s Christin Stewart and Akron’s Yu-Cheng Chang for the league lead.
Jon Harris (1-2) was saddled with the loss, giving up nine hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work. Harris allowed six of Reading’s seven runs, striking out four and walking two in his second loss of the year to Reading.
Reading will host New Hampshire once again on Wednesday morning, with first pitch scheduled at 11:35. Shane Dawson (1-2, 5.48 ERA) takes the mound for the Fisher Cats against Drew Anderson (1-0, 8.59).
The Fisher Cats return home on Thursday for the beginning of a five-game set with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, looking to avenge their series loss on the road to Binghamton over the weekend.