Reading righthander Severino Gonzalez allowed one run in seven innings en route to a 4-1 Eastern League victory against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
After a 2-0 start, New Hampshire hobbles home on a four-game losing streak. The Fisher Cats will host Binghamton in their home opener today at 6:35 p.m. Righthander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 1.29) will get the starting nod for New Hampshire today at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Reading got the early jump on New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire, who surrendered five hits and three runs in the first inning. Kelly Dugan produced a two-run single and Anthony Hewitt had a run-scoring basehit.
In the home third the Fightin Phils scored again when Carlos Alonso's single to left plated Tommy Joseph. New Hampshire outfielder Jonathan Jones saved a run with his relay throw to catcher Yusuf Carter to get Reading runner Brock Stassi at the plate. McGuire (1-1) lasted four-2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs. He walked one and fanned four.
New Hampshire scratched its run off Gonzalez in the sixth inning. Mike Crouse singled to center, stole second base and advanced to third on a single by Kenny Wilson.
Jon Berti singled home Crouse before teammate Andy Burns grounded out to third, stranding two runners. Gonzalez (1-0) allowed five hits and whiffed four, lowering his E.R.A. to 1.50. Reading closer Ken Giles recorded his third save, getting New Hampshire's Andy Burns, Brad Glenn and Ryan Schimpf on swinging strikeouts to end the game.