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May 12. 2014 9:18PM

Tough loss

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)

MANCHESTER — The Fightin Phils put an end to that streak.

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.

New Hampshire gave it a big bid in the bottom of the ninth against hard-throwing Nefi Ogando, who was hitting 98 miles an hour on the stadium gun.

“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.

The Fisher Cats got the runners, but could not get a run.

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.

Schimpf , who had homered earlier, ended up striking out and Andy Burns grounded to third for the second out.

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.

Nolan was next and hit a grounder that was headed up the middle, but Cesar Hernandez cut it off and threw Nolan out at first to end the game.

New Hampshire had swept three straight series here against Reading, including a three-game set late last month.

The Fisher Cats fell to 15-21 and the Phils improved to 17-17.

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.

“He was outstanding,” said Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham “He kept the ball down and used both sides of the plate very well.”

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.

The teams traded two-run homers to account for the only runs through the first five innings.

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.

The Phils answered in the third. Cameron Perkins walked with one out and after Aaron Altherr’s sacrifice bunt, Brock Stassi homered to right field.

Reading scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the sixth.

Zach Collier singled with one out and after a ground out, scored on Albert Cartwright’s double over the third base bag.

The Fisher Cats didn’t much like the call: They thought Cartwright’s shot should have been ruled a foul ball.

John Anderson pitched the last inning and a third for New Hampshire and allowed two hits and no runs.


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