Phils hand Fisher Cats their third straight loss
Fisher Cats starter Aaron Sanchez throws during Tuesday’s game against the Reading Fightin Phils. He pitched five innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs, but got a no-decision. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
Carlos Alonso’s solo homer in the eighth inning lifted Reading past New Hampshire 3-2 in an Eastern League contest Tuesday morning before 5,777 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
New Hampshire led in the second inning on Gabe Jacobo’s solo homer to left field.
Reading rallied to take the lead with two runs in the fifth inning after the first two batters struck out. Edgar Duran walked and scored on a double to left by Alonso. Albert Cartwright followed with a single to center, plating Alonso for the 2-1 advantage.
The Fisher Cats tied the game in the seventh inning when Pierce Rankin singled to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Jones.
After a walk to Kenny Wilson, Reading reliever Ryan O’Sullivan replaced starter Perci Garner. Nashua’s Kevin Nolan greeted O’Sullivan with a single to left, loading the bases for Ryan Schimpf, who scored Rankin with a sacrifice fly to center.
Nefi Ogando gained his second season save, pitching the scoreless ninth. Alonso’s homer off losing reliever Scott Gracey (1-2) in the eighth inning made O’Sullivan (2-2) the winning pitcher.
Garner, on 112 pitches (55 for balls), allowed three hits and was charged for both runs. He walked six and fanned six. New Hampshire starter Aaron Sanchez pitched five innings. He allowed two hits, two runs and walked four. On 87 pitches, 51 for strikes, Sanchez fanned four.
The loss dropped New Hampshire (15-22) into last place in the Eastern Division, 8½ games behind first-place Portland.
Losers of three straight games and seven of its last 10, New Hampshire sends righty Deck McGuire (3-4, 3.40) to the hill in today’s 10:35 a.m. start. The Fisher Cats are idle Thursday before resuming their homestand with three games against Binghamton beginning Friday at 6:35 p.m.