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Reading pitching holds down Fisher Cats
Fisher Cats starter Casey Lawrence pitched 7-1/3 innings but took the loss Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The New Hampshire Cats had won the last 10 games they played against the Phils in Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Until Monday night.
Three Reading pitchers combined to hold the Fisher Cats to eight hits and lift the Phils to a 3-2 win over the Fisher Cats in front of a crowd of 5,843.
“You just want to get runners on base and hopefully you hit ball in the hole or something and score a run,” said shortstop Kevin Nolan of Nashua.
Ryan Schimpf, just back from Triple-A Buffalo, led off and with the count two-and-two hit a towering shot down the right field line off Ogando. It was ruled a foul ball.
Michael Crouse got an infield single on a ball that went off Ogando and Gabe Jacobo singled on a ball that was tough to handle, with Crouse going to third.
New Hampshire had swept three straight series here against Reading, including a three-game set late last month.
New Hampshire right-hander Casey Lawrence went seven and a third innings and allowed seven hits and three runs. He struck out four and walked two.
Reading lefty Hoby Milner was just a little better over his seven innings. He gave up two runs on five hits, struck out two and walked three.
Brad Glenn singled to right field to open the second inning and Schimpf pulled a three-and-one Milner pitch over the fence in right for 2-0.
Reading scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the sixth.
The Fisher Cats didn’t much like the call: They thought Cartwright’s shot should have been ruled a foul ball.