The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have now won eight of their last nine games, including their last four straight against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, thanks to a 5-4 victory on Sunday.
Reading got on the board first with Andrew Pullin’s two-run homer in the first and they would hold that lead until the fifth.
That’s when New Hampshire tied things up with an RBI double by Richard Urena and an RBI single by Harold Ramirez. The Fisher Cats would take the lead in the eighth thanks to Matt Dean’s sacrifice fly to left, but they wouldn’t hold that lead for long.
Angelo Mora’s two-out double off New Hampshire reliever Justin Shafer kept Reading in the game, forcing the Fisher Cats to answer. And answer they did, as Ryan McBroom took a first pitch off Reading closer Jesen Therrien to left field, bringing in Jonathan Davis and sending the game to extra innings.
That gave Therrien his first blown save of the year, but he wouldn’t get the loss. That went to John Richy (1-2), whose 2-0 pitch to Michael DeLaCruz turned into a home run over the right field fence. The blast was New Hampshire’s second walk-off home run this week.
The win went to Alonzo Gonzalez (1-3) after recording the final Reading out in the tenth, but starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley was certainly worthy of getting the win, even if the situation moved beyond his control.
Sean-Foley pitched 6 2/3rd innings, scattering hit and walking one, striking out nine.
At the plate, Jonathan Davis and DeLaCruz each had a pair of hits. Six of Reading’s eight hits came from Scott Kingery, Carlos Tocci and Pullin, each of whom had a pair of hits apiece.
With the win, New Hampshire climbs to 5-12 in one-runs games so far this year.
Both teams meet again on Monday. Reading’s Brandon Liebrand (3-2, 4.57 ERA) will face Jon Harris (2-4