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May 21. 2014 10:38PM

Fisher Cats lose record 11th straight

The losing streak painfully remains alive for the Fisher Cats.

New Hampshire coughed up a four-run lead and ended up dropping its franchise-record 11th straight game, a 7-6 Eastern League decision to Reading Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

New Hamshire dropped to 15-30 on the season, 7-17 away from home. The Fisher Cats are 4-16 in one-run games and the loss sets a new franchise record for the longest losing streak. The previous record of 10 straight losses happened in July of 2005.

New Hampshire, which entered the game batting just .188 (14-75) with runners in scoring position since May 12, started the game strong. The Fisher Cats scored a first inning run when Kenny Wilson rambled home on a single from Andy Burns. The Fisher Cats took a 3-1 lead in the second inning.

Nashua native Kevin Nolan was hit by pitch and advanced to second on a one-out single from Jonathan Jones. Wilson loaded the bases with a single to left, setting the table for Jon Berti, who lashed a two-run single.

The lead went to 5-1 in the fifth inning. Ryan Schimpf tripled and jogged home when Mike McDade launched his second season homer right.

But the lead evaporated in the home fifth when Reading scored five times for a 6-5 edge. The inning was highlighted by a two-run homer from Aaron Altherr, his third of the season to center. Reading scored again in the sixth inning before the Fisher Cats answered with a run in the seventh, cutting their deficit down to one, 7-6. Matt Newman singled home Burns.

New Hampshire starter and losing pitcher Scott Copeland (3-4) allowed seven hits in five innings. He allowed six runs, four walks and fanned one on 88 pitches, 51 for strikes.

Matt Boyd tries to end the streak, taking the hill for New Hampshire in an 11:35 a.m. start today in the series finale. Reading (25-18) has won the first four games.


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