Romano holds off Reading bats while F-Cats pile up extra bases

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MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are probably best known for their offense this season, but don’t tell that to Jordan Romano.

Romano upped his record to 4-0, giving the Fisher Cats yet another quality start in their 7-2 victory over the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Monday night.

The Fightins did manage to get eight baserunners during Romano’s five innings of work, but it only hurt him in the second, where Emmanuel Marrero’s single to right bring Jiandido Tromp and Cornelius Randolph across the plate.

Those runs removed the Fisher Cat lead provided by Max Pentecost’s RBI single, but a pair of triples in the third, courtesy of Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., helped tie up the contest.

It was all New Hampshire after that point, as the ‘Cats added two runs in the fourth, another pair of runs in the fifth and one last run in the eighth.

Guerrero accounted for the contest’s first two runs, with every Fisher Cat batter except for Bo Bichette, Juan Kelly and Biggio scoring at least one and every Fisher Cat batter bringing in a run outside of Kelly, Guerrero and Andrew Guillotte.

Damek Tomscha went 2-for-4 for Reading, putting him at .333 against New Hampshire so far this year.

Elniery Garcia (0-2) went 4 1/3 innings in the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) off seven hits and a pair of walks.

The two teams’ six relievers combined to allow just four hits over the waning innings of the contest.

Reading and New Hampshire return on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. with Suarez Ranger (1-1, 4.13 ERA) representing the Fightins against New Hampshire’s Nich Tepesch (1-2, 5.66 ERA).