Fisher Cats limit Reading to just home runs

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READING, Penn. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Reading FIghtin’ Phils on Saturday night, 9-4.

New Hampshire took a 2-1 lead into the seventh when Josh Palacios’ tenth double of the year sparked a two-run rally, followed by another three runs in the eighth and two insurance runs in the ninth.

All four of Reading’s runs came off solo home runs with Alec Bohm connecting in the fourth and seventh, Luke Williams striking in the eighth and Josh Stephen sending a first pitch knock over the right field fence in the ninth.

Kevin Smith also hit his 13th home run of the year for the Fisher Cats.

Palacios finished with three RBI and four walks while Smith, Adams and Spanberger each contributed two RBI. Adams also added two hits while Nash Knight had three hits plus a walk.

On the mound, the loss went to David Parkinson (6-7), despite the fact that he allowed just two runs off a hit in four walks in five innings.

Justin Dillon (2-2) was the winner, providing five innings of relief, allowing the final three homers, a fifth-inning double to Arquimedes Gamboa and only two other baserunners on walks.

The series concludes on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.