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Fishers swept by Reading
Fisher Cats' Kevin Nolan tags out Reading's Cameron Perkins at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, on Wednesday, in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Problem was, they were in need of two.
Instead, it was the Reading Fightin Phils who came up with a run in the 10th inning to knock off the Fisher Cats, 5-4, in front of a crowd of 3,696 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium to complete a three-game sweep of the series.
The Fisher Cats are off today and manager Bobby Meacham plans to shake up his batting order when the homestand resumes with the stat of a three-game set against Binghamton on Friday night at 6:35.
“We’re at .220 or something like that,” Meacham said. “It’s unacceptable. We’ve got a team that’s supposed to have some good hitters. I’m going to have to change things, but it’s still the same nine guys and they’re supposed to be pretty good hitters.”
Harrisburg has the next lowest totals at .246.
New Hampshire also has the lowest on-base percentage at .290 and Harrisburg is next at .309.
Still, they nearly pulled out the win.
They trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth and Michael Crouse — shaken up in the top of the ninth when he crashed into the wall in left field while chasing an Anthony Hewitt high fly ball that turned into an inside the park home run — was down to his last strike.
Gabe Jacobo followed and hit a 2-and-1 offering onto the deck of the Hilton Garden Inn in left center and it was 4-4.
Randy Boone walked Edgar Duran to open the 10th and he eventually scored on a double down the right field line by Cam Perkins with two out.
The loss wasted an impressive performance by New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire.
“(Catcher) A.J. Jimenez did a great job calling the game and did a great job keeping them off balance,” McGuire said.
He walked Hewitt to open the inning. Lars Davis hit a comebacker up the middle that McGuire jumped for and the ball went off his glove for an infield hit. Duran’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out.
McGuire gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked two in his seven and a third innings.