Reading rallied for two ninth-inning runs against reliever Scott Gracey for a 6-5 comeback win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Tuesday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The loss was the third straight for the Fisher Cats, who dropped to 2-3 on the young season.
New Hampshire entered the home ninth with a 5-4 lead, but the Fightin’ Phils rallied with one out. Kelly Dugan singled off Gracey to right and took second on a walk to Tommy Joseph.
Brock Stassi plated Dugan with a double, tying the game at 5-5. Pinch-runner Albert Cartwright replaced Joseph and remained at third base when Gracey intentionally walked Matt Tolbert to load the bases.
Anthony Hewitt delivered the winning hit, a single to left on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Cartwright that ended the game.
Aaron Sanchez got the start for the Fisher Cats. He pitched five innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. He walked two and fanned three.
The Fisher Cats erased a 2-0 deficit in the third inning behind a three-run homer to left by Kenny Wilson. Jonathan Jones singled to center and advanced to third base on a hit from Aaron Munoz, setting the table for Wilson.
The Fisher Cats pushed the lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning. Jon Berti singled to center, and then stole second and third bases. He ended up trotting home on a triple to right by Brad Glenn.
Reading scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings before New Hampshire took its last lead with a run in the ninth inning. Nashua native Kevin Nolan singled to center and bolted to third base on a single by Jones. Nolan ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mike Crouse, giving New Hampshire a short-lived 5-4 lead.
New Hampshire closes out its brief two-game series against Reading today at 6:35 p.m.