READING, Pa. - Brad Glenn's two-out, two-run home run broke a 5-5 tie and propelled the Fisher Cats (46-46) to a 7-5 win over the Reading Fightin Phils (38-54) on Sunday afternoon. Glenn finished the day with two home runs as the Fisher Cats swept the Phils and improved to 13-3 against Reading on the season.
The 12th-inning rally was put together the same way several Fisher Cats rallies have been started lately - with a walk. Brian Van Kirk drew a base-on-balls from reliever Bobby Bramhall with one out. After Gabe Jacobo struck out, Glenn blasted the first pitch he saw just over the left field wall to put New Hampshire on top 7-5.
The home run made a winner out of Scott Gracey (W; 3-0), who was charged with a blown save just the inning before. After Kevin Nolan homered to break a 4-4 tie in the 11th, the shortstop committed an error in the bottom of the inning. That error turned into the tying run to send the game to the 12th for Glenn's heroics.
The Fisher Cats wasted a strong start by Marcus Stroman. The righty allowed a couple of early runs before settling in to retire the final 10 men he faced over six innings of work.
Reading's David Buchanan was spared a loss after working seven innings. He allowed four Fisher Cats runs, all in the third inning, before his offense bailed him out with a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 4-4 against reliever Matt Wright.
The Fisher Cats offense belted four home runs on the day, including two in the aforementioned four-run third inning. Adam Loewen began that frame with a two-run shot before Glenn capped the frame with a moon shot to left field. Nolan's seventh homer was followed by Glenn's 12th in extra innings.
The Fisher Cats have won five in a row as they head home to play the Portland Sea Dogs on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. The series opener features a Nolan player poster giveaway for the first 2,500 fans presented by Spectrum Marketing Companies. Tickets are available atwww.nhfishercats.com, at the Fisher Cats ticket office, and by calling (603) 641-2005.
Radio coverage Monday night begins at 6:15 with Tom Gauthier and Chris Shuker on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and www.nhfishercats.com. The Fisher Cats will start lefty Sean Nolin against Portland righty Mike McCarthy.