A total of seven Reading pitchers limited the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to seven hits over two games as the Fightin Phils swept an Eastern League doubleheader 6-4 and 3-1 on Friday night in Pennsylvania.
In the nightcap, Garrett Cleavinger (2-0), the middle of three Reading pitchers, allowed the New Hampshire run but earned the victory in the seven-inning game. New Hampshire managed only two hits, scoring its lone run on a Logan Warmoth groundout that chased home Santiago Espinal (double).
Nate Pearson (0-3) took the loss, permitting one run on two hits over 3 1/3 innings.
In the opener, Colton Eastman pitched innings two through six for Reading, permitting all four runs but only one earned. Jakob Hernandez pitched two innings of shutout ball, and closer Addison Russ hurled a perfect ninth for his 15th save.
New Hampshire starter Joey Murray did not record an out, allowing two runs in the first inning. The losing pitcher was reliever Dany Jimenez (2-2), who pitched the third and fourth innings, allowing two runs.
New Hampshire scored three of its runs in the third, two coming on Chad Spanberger’s single.
Darick Hall and Austin Bossart homered for Reading.
The teams are scheduled to play the third game of the weekend series on Saturday night.