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Fisher Cats make a clean break

Staff report
July 08. 2018 10:13PM
Reading's Austin Listi was safe at first base during a pick-off attempt during Sunday's game against the Fisher Cats. NH first baseman Aaron Brown takes the throw. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)

Now that’s how you break a game open.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, holding a three-run lead late in their Eastern League game on Sunday, scored nine runs in the eighth inning and pulled away for a 14-2 win over the Reading Fightin Phils at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

The contest was the finale of the first half of New Hampshire’s schedule. The Eastern League All-Star Game is Wednesday in Trenton, and the Fisher Cats, leading Trenton by one-half game in the Eastern Division standings, resume league play on Thursday night at Portland.

The victory allowed New Hampshire to salvage one win in the five-game series.

The Fisher Cats collected only three hits in the eighth — one a grand slam by Jonathan Davis — but managed six walks, one hit batsman and two batters reached on errors.

Four Reading pitchers, including one position player, worked the eighth.

Harold Ramirez and Eduard Pinto cracked three hits apiece for New Hampshire and Gunnar Heidt added a solo homer.

The winning pitcher was Nick Hartman (2-1), who worked two perfect innings (the fifth and sixth), fanning three.

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