Homers lift Fishers past Reading
Jack Murphy, Andy Burns and Kevin Nolan each homered to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 6-2 Eastern League victory over Reading Tuesday before 6,119 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The win came one day after New Hampshire blew a 6-1 lead and lost to Reading 7-6, snapping both the Fisher Cats’ six-game winning streak and Reading’s 12-game losing streak.
The Fisher Cats spotted Reading (34-46) a 1-0 lead before scoring four runs in the fifth inning.
Pierce Rankin doubled to start the rally and then jogged home when Murphy deposited his third homer to left center field. Jorge Flores followed with a single, and after two outs, Burns scorched his eighth home run for a 4-1 lead.
Reading scored its final run in the fifth, but New Hampshire (38-45) got that run back in the sixth inning on Nolan’s solo blast to left field.
The Fisher Cats scored the last run in the ninth inning when Dalton Pompey walked with the bases loaded.
New Hampshire starter John Anderson got the no-decision after lasting just 4 2/3 innings. He threw 65 pitches, 42 for strikes.
He allowed four hits, two runs and no walks. He fanned one batter.
Reliever Dustin Antolin (3-3) got the win. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed no hits, no runs, no walks and fanned one. Randy Boone pitched the final two scoreless innings to record his ninth save.
Burns, Nolan and Flores each had two hits to pace New Hampshire’s 10-hit attack.
The Fisher Cats and Fightin Phils continue their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. New Hampshire will send righthander Radhames Liz (0-1, 1.11) to the hill against righthander Ryan O’Sullivan (2-4, 3.33) of Reading.
The team returns home on the Fourth of July holiday to open an eight-game homestand. On Friday, the Fisher Cats host Trenton at 7 p.m.