MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have now lost four games in a row to the Reading Fightin’ Phils, falling 8-6 on Saturday night.
Saturday’s contest saw three solo home runs for the Fisher Cats, almost making it the third game this week where New Hampshire obtained all its runs on home runs.
The first dinger came from league leader Cavan Biggio, sending his 19th blast of the year over the right field fence in the second inning.
A throwing error from Biggio an inning later provided the catalyst the Fightins would need to tie up the contest, but they weren’t done.
Reading sent seven men to the plate in the fourth, collecting hits in their first five at-bats of the inning, returning to the dugout with three more runs to extend their lead to 4-1.
New Hampshire responded with two consecutive longballs from Nash Knight and Jonathan Davis in the fifth, to bring them back within a run.
However, they wouldn’t take back the lead in the seventh. There, Bo Bichette’s seeing eye single to right did the trick, bringing Max Pentecost and Gunnar Heidt across the plate.
Pentecost added an insurance RBI in the eighth, blooping a first pitch single to center, bringing Biggio home.
Bichette’s heroics ensured that neither starting pitcher factored in the decision.
Reading’s Connor Seabold allowed five hits and a walk in five innings of work, striking out six Fisher Cats in the process.
T.J. Zeuch was initially on track to the losing pitcher, leaving after finally putting away Reading in the fourth, giving up seven hits and striking out five before his day was done.
Andrew Case blew his second save of the year, coming in with one out to go. He’d eventually get that out, but not before an Austin Listi ground rule double to bring in Malquin Canelo followed by a three-run homer by Darick Hall.
Jeff Singer got his first win of the year, retiring the side in the ninth for Reading. Singer did allow one run off a hit by Cavan Biggio. Biggio’s line drive to right brought Jonathan Davis across the plate, but Harold Ramirez was narrowly tagged out, a controversial call that culminated in Fisher Cat manager John Schneider’s ejection.
Media access to Schneider was not provided following the conclusion of the game.
At the plate, Davis and Knight each grabbed two hits for the Fisher Cats while Deivi Grullon, Hall, Randolph combined for half of Reading’s 10 hits.
In the final game before the All-Star Break, both teams return to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Sunday for 1:35 p.m. tilt.
Jon Harris (6-3, 4.76 ERA) returns from a brief stint at Triple-A Buffalo to face Reading’s Franklyn Kilome (2-5, 4.91 ERA).
So far this season, Kilome has gotten both of his wins against the Fisher Cats, with a 3.17 ERA and almost a 2:1 strikeout/walk ratio over those two starts against New Hampshire.