Manchester, N.H. – New Hampshire’s bullpen combined to toss 5.2 scoreless innings but Reading (Philadelphia Phillies Double-A affiliate) used a six-run fourth inning to beat the Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays) 6-0 on Saturday night at Delta Dental Stadium.
Relievers Mike Ellenbest (2.2 IP), Graham Spraker (2 IP), and Fitz Stadler (1 IP) held Reading scoreless. RHP Luis Quiñones (L, 0-1), making his Double-A debut, tossed three hitless innings before running into trouble in the fourth. The four pitchers combined for fourteen strikeouts, but did allow six walks, including four in the decisive fourth inning.
Reading (29-42) sent eleven batters to the plate in the fourth. They scored six times including an RBI single by Grenny Cumana and a two-run double by Josh Stephen. They also drew three bases-loaded walks for the other three runs.
Four pitchers combined on the shutout for the Fightin Phils. Noah Skirrow, in his first start for Reading, allowed four hits in his four innings. Carlo Reyes (W, 1-0) picked up the win in his first appearance for Reading with two scoreless frames. Nick Lackney and Brian Marconi did not allow a baserunner over the final three innings.
Reggie Pruitt had the only extra base hit for the Fisher Cats (30-37) with a double in the fifth inning, the last of New Hampshire’s five hits.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. RHP Maximo Castillo is scheduled to start for the Fisher Cats and RHP Francisco Morales for the Fightin Phils.