McDade a big hit in return to Fisher Cats
MANCHESTER - Mike McDade came back with a bang.
He blasted the first pitch he saw for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in two years over the fence in left field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium to get the team started en route to a 5-0 win over the Reading Fightin' Phils on Saturday.
The Fisher Cats extended their season's best win streak to four games and at 10-10 got back to .500 for the first time since the opening series of the year.
Righty Scott Copeland allowed four hits over a season-long seven innings to pick up his first win. He struck out five and walked one.
Randy Boone and Tony Davis each threw an inning in the first Fisher Cats shutout since opening night.
The Fightin' Phils got more than one runner on base only once - in the ninth inning - and never got anyone as far as third.
The teams close out the series this afternoon at 1:35. Right-hander Casey Lawrence, 1-1 with a 2.66 earned run average, goes for New Hampshire against Reading righty Luis Paulino 2-0 and 1.80.
Scoring first worked, too.
Opponents had scored the first run in each of the last six Fisher Cats games and the team had gone 4-2 in that stretch.
McDade played in New Hampshire in 2011 and 2012. He split last year between the Triple-A teams for the Indians and White Sox.
The Blue Jays signed McDade as a free agent on March 14 and he's been rehabbing a hamstring injury and this was his first game of the season.
His was the big blow of a three-run first inning for the Fisher Cats.
Brad Glenn knocked in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Left fielder Michael Crouse had three hits of the seven Fisher Cats hits and led off the fourth and sixth innings with doubles. Jonathan Jones knocked him in each time. Jones got him home with a sacrifice bunt in the fourth and a single to left in the sixth.
Cesar Hernandez led off with the ninth for Reading with a single and Brock Stassi walked. Davis struck out Cameron Perkins and got Aaron Altherr to hit into a shortstop to second baseman to first baseman double play to end it.
It was New Hampshire's third double play of the game.