It’s become hard to imagine that the New Hampshire Fisher Cats spent the first few weeks of the season mired in a deep slump. On Saturday night, they won their sixth game in seven contests thanks to a 4-1 victory in Manchester over the Reading Fightin’ Phils.
Reading’s only run came from a solo shot in the third by Scott Kingery, his fifteenth homer of the year. Kingery remains with the Eastern League’s lead for home runs, with seven of those coming against New Hampshire.
The Fisher Cats contributed a pair of their own home runs. Andrew Guillotte contributed his first home run of the year in the fourth and Jonathan Davis added his fourth of the year in the seventh.
Both hits reached the Samuel Adams Brewhouse beyond the left field fence, with Guillotte’s smash hitting the roof and Davis’ blast hitting the building’s façade.
Guillotte’s homer was the first to hit the roof since Melky Mesa did it on June 16 last year against Bowie.
New Hampshire also obtained runs from Richard Urena in the first, brought home by Harold Ramirez in the first, and Derrick Loveless’ score in the fifth.
Loveless came across thanks to a line drive single from Danny Jansen, who also contributed a double on the way to a 3-for-4 night. Davis and Guillotte also added a pair of hits each.
For Reading, Kingery and Kyle Martin each ended with two hits.
The Phils got seven hits during the contest, all off New Hampshire starter Chris Rowley (2-1), who also struck out five and walked two in six innings of work.
He got the win, with Josh DeGraaf earning a hold for his work in the seventh and eighth. Dusty Isaacs got his first save of the year after retiring the Phils in the ninth.
Mario Sanchez (2-1), giving up three runs in five innings of work, giving up six hits while walking one and striking out one.
New Hampshire will have a chance for a third-straight win against the Phils as the series continues with a 4:05 p.m. game on Sunday. New Hampshire will send Sean Reid-Foley (2-3, 5.81 ERA) against Reading’s Shane Watson (2-3, 5.71 ERA).