READING, Penn. – Only Mickey Moniak’s home run in the eighth prevented a shutout as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats left Pennsylvania with a 16-1 drubbing of the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Sunday afternoon.
Kevin Smith got things started for the ‘Cats with his second home run in as many days, building a three-run lead that would grow to eight runs by the end of the third.
New Hampshire got its other eight runs in the eighth and ninth as New Hampshire got three-hit days from Smith, Vinny Capra, Santiago Espinal and Josh Palacios, with Brock Lundquist and Chad Spanberger also contributing a pair of hits.
Smith ended with four RBI on the day, with Palacios knocking in three while Riley Adams and Forrest Wall knocked in two apiece.
Every Fisher Cat except for Alberto Mineo and Spanberger came across the plate once, with Palacios, Capra and Lundquist scoring three times, and Wall, Espinal and Smith scoring twice.
On the mound, Hector Perez allowed just three Reading hits in six innings, climbing to 6-4 on the year. Adonis Medina could not escape the third, allowing nine runs off eight hits and a walk to fall to 6-4.
The Fisher Cats now return to New Hampshire for a three-game set with the Harrisburg Senators. All three games begin at 7:05 p.m.