MANCHESTER, N.H. – Three runs in the ninth proved to be the difference on Wednesday night as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats sent off the Reading Fightin’ Phils with a 5-4 decision.
New Hampshire took runs in the first and third, but a two-run shot to right by Mickey Moniak helped the Fightins’ tie things up in the sixth.
Henri Lartigue’s triple an inning later brought home another Reading run, with Lartigue later reaching home himself after a throwing error by New Hampshire’s Austin Bossart.
The late heroics for New Hampshire began with Ryan Hissey’s two-run homer to right, with Joshua Palacios’ full-count, two-out line-drive single brought Vinny Capra across the plate for the walk-off run.
Palacios, Santiago Espinal and Alberto Mineo each contributed two hits for the Fisher Cats, with New Hampshire’s Patrick Murphy, Ty Tice and Bryan Baker combining to allow just six Reading hits on the evening.
The Fisher Cats now travel to Hartford for a four-game set with the Hartford Yard Goats. In the first game of the series, New Hampshire sends Hector Perez (0-0, 7.71 ERA) against Hartford’s Brandon Gold (0-0, 0.00 ERA).