MANCHESTER, N.H. – Eventually the rain must stop.
After a rainout in Binghamton on Sunday and another rainout back in the Granite State on Monday, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats finally played some baseball on Tuesday, splitting a doubleheader against the Reading FIghtin’ Phils.
With Monday already holding a doubleheader to make up for an earlier postponed game, one of Monday’s games shifted to Tuesday, with the other game on Monday to be played at a date yet to be determined.
In the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Yennsy Diaz allowed just two hits to lead New Hampshire to a convincing 4-0 victory.
Diaz pitched all seven innings in the win, walking allowing just seven baserunners, climbing to 3-3 on the year.
New Hampshire obtained RBI from Brock Lundquist hits in the first and fifth, with Vinny Capra and newcomer Christian Williams each contributing RBI doubles in the second.
Adonis Medina lasted 4 2/3 innings in the loss, falling to 0-2.
In the second game, the tables were turned, with New Hampshire falling 8-1.
The two teams combined for just ten hits, but Reading made theirs count, stringing together three straight two-out hits in a third inning that three out of the first four batters reaching base via walk.
Those walks, and a hit batter came from incoming reliever Willy Ortiz, with seven of Reading’s eight runs before the Fisher Cats replaced Ortiz with William Ouelette and finally retired the side. Austin Listi’s RBI double in the fourth added the Fightin’s other run.
New Hampshire spoiled the shutout thanks in large part to Riley Adams’ leadoff triple in the fifth, letting him come home one at-bat later on Alberto Mineo’s single.
Ortiz got the loss (0-2), on the hook for six earned runs. Reading’s David Parkinson (3-2) got the win.