MANCHESTER, NH – There goes the four-game winning streak.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats started off their home stand on a sour note, falling 5-3 to the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Friday night.
New Hampshire generally wins when they score first and that was the case in this contest, with Bo Bichette blasting his sixth home run toward the Hilton Garden Inn patio in left center.
Bichette brought home Jonathan Davis on that bomb, giving the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead after one inning, but the visitors wouldn’t sit still for long.
In the second, Zach Green needed only one swing of the bat to tie up the contest, bringing himself and Darick Hall across the plate on his 13th homer of the year.
Reading couldn’t obtain a lead following Green’s shot, but Hall managed to add another home run in the third, a three-run shot that proved to be the game’s final runs until New Hampshire one more on a bases loaded walk in the ninth.
Justin Dillon was the losing pitcher of record, falling to 1-3 since his demotion from Triple-A Buffalo late last month. Dillon allowed 10 of Reading’s 11 hits on the evening, walking two and striking out only one in six innings of work.
For Reading, the win went to Franklyn Kilome, who also lasted six innings. He left allowing six hits and four walks, not a superlative performance but enough to raise his record to 2-4, with both wins now having come at the hands of the Fisher Cats.
At the plate, every Fightin’ had at least one hit except for designated hitter Austin Listi, with Hall grabbing two and Deivi Grullon leading the way with a 3-for-4 night.
For New Hampshire, the hits were also spread evenly, with every starting batter outside of Harold Ramirez and Andrew Guillotte recording at least one hit.
Jonathan Davis led the way for New Hampshire going 2-for-5, with the run keeping him six runs ahead of Bichette for the Eastern League lead.
The two teams return to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, with Jon Harris (5-3, 5.09 ERA) taking the mound for New Hampshire against Reading’s Jacob Waguespack (0-0, 2.86 ERA).