Brock Stassi’s two-run walk-off homer in the 12th inning allowed Reading to hand New Hampshire its 10th straight loss with a 4-2 Eastern League decision Tuesday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
New Hampshire scored its runs in the second inning. Ryan Schimpf doubled to right and jogged home when Gabe Jacobo launched his fourth season homer to left center field.
Reading rallied to tie the game in the home ninth off reliever Tony Davis. Stassi singled, took third on a double by Cam Perkins and scored when Sebastian Valle grounded out.
New Hampshire took the lead in the 12th when Jon Berti led off with a single. Kenny Wilson sacrificed him to second. Berti then advanced to third on an A.J. Jimenez single and scored on a Nefi Ogando wild pitch.
The run carried some controversy as the Fisher Cats batted out of order. Wilson was supposed to lead off the 12th, with Berti second. The two flip-flopped, yet no one took note, and the run stood. New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire pitched a four-hitter over eight innings. getting a no decision. He walked two and fanned nine, dropping his ERA to 2.98.
Berti had three of New Hampshire’s 11 hits. Jacobo and Andy Burns each followed with two hits. New Hampshire stranded 11 batters. Schimpf had his 10th double of the season in the game.
Stassi led Reading’s 10-hit attack with three hits. New Hampshire’s five-game series with Reading continues today at 6:35 p.m. Scott Copeland (3-3, 3.71) takes the hill today for the Fisher Cats and lefthander Matt Boyd (0-1, 8.36) closes out the series on Thursday in the 11:35 a.m. start.