MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have now lost two series in a row, dropping their third straight to the Reading Fightin’ Phils, a 2-1 Friday night loss.
Both teams got onto the board in the third, beginning with an RBI single from Cornelius Randolph in the top half of the inning for Reading and an RBI single from Harold Ramirez in the bottom half of the inning to even things up for the Fisher Cats.
Neither squad advanced past second base between that point and the ninth, when Malquin Canelo’s fifth triple of the year brought Austin Bossart home from first. Reading reliever Jeff Singer came into the game in the bottom of the ninth and retired the side in order, securing the victory for Reading and earning himself his fifth save of the year.
As the score might suggest, this was a pitcher’s duel. Jordan Romano pitched 6 1/3 in the no-decision for New Hampshire, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out six. JoJo Romero did even better for Reading, giving up five hits and four walks in seven innings of work, striking out eight Fisher Cats in the process.
Aaron Brown got his first win of the year while Andrew Case fell to 1-2.
Bossart, Canelo and Austin Listi each contributed two hits apiece for Reading while Harold Ramirez led the way for New Hampshire with a 2-for-4 day.
On Saturday night, New Hampshire sends out T.J. Zeuch (6-3, 3.00 ERA) against Reading’s Connor Seabold (0-1, 8.00 ERA).