Daniel Norris matched his career best, working 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts, as the Fisher Cats won the rubber game of a five-game series with Reading, 7-1, on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Norris (3-1) allowed five hits and walked none in earning the win. The 21-year old lefty has allowed just two earned runs in 15 2/3 innings over his last three starts. Mickey Storey worked 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to finish up for New Hampshire.
The Fisher Cats (55-60) opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second inning. K.C. Hobson walked and Jack Murphy singled. After a fielder’s choice, Andy Fermin’s sacrifice fly plated Hobson to make it 1-0.
New Hampshire scored six times in the bottom of the third inning, matching its biggest inning of the season. Jon Berti (3-for-4) reached on a hit by pitch, stole second and scored on a fielder’s choice by Derrick Chung. Cory Aldridge reached on a fielders choice. Andy Burns doubled home a run and was followed by Hobson, who hit a two-run double to make it 5-0. Jack Murphy walked and Michael Crouse singled. Fermin knocked in his second run of the game with a fielder’s choice and Jorge Flores delivered a run-scoring single.
Reading (47-67) scored its run on a solo home run by Zach Collier in the top of the fifth inning. Ryan O’Sullivan (5-7) took the loss, but finished by retiring the last nine Fisher Cats he faced.
The Fisher Cats open a six-game roadtrip Tuesday night in Erie. Right Casey Lawrence (8-5, 2.72) starts in the opener for New Hampshire against right Warwick Saupold (7-9, 5.13) for the SeaWolves.
The next home game for New Hampshire will be Tuesday, Aug. 12 when the Richmond Flying Squirrels visit Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Saturday: Phils win
Reading scored eight runs in the sixth inning in a 14-3 demolition of the Fisher Cats on Saturday night.
Double-A newcomer Taylor Cole (0-1) conceded three runs in the first inning as the first four Fightin Phils batters reached base. Cole lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs, seven of them earned, on eight hits. He walked four and fanned four.
Zach Collier homered twice for Reading as part of a 3-for-5 night, including a grand slam as part of the Phils’ sixth-inning outburst. He drove in five runs. Jake Fox had a homer and four RBIs. Peter Lavin went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
For the Fisher Cats, Andy Burns had two hits and his team-leading 12th home run. Jon Berti went 3-for-4 and drove in two.Severino Gonzalez (7-12) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, to get the win for Reading.
The Seacoast Mavericks narrowly the North Shore Navigators, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in Futures Collegiate Baseball League play.
Andrew Schultz got the win for the Mavericks with 2 1/3 shutout innings, allowing no hits and fanning three. James Vernon picked up the save.
Alex Merritt went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mavericks on top 1-0. He also singled in the sixth inning.
Chris Hess stole home with help from David Hopkins in the fifth inning to bring make the score 2-0.
The solo Navigators run came on a home run by Rich Baerga in the fifth inning.