Reading, PA - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were victimized by stellar starting pitching from Reading's Jacob Waguespack, as the 'Cats were declawed by the Fightin' Phils 6-3 at FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night.
Waguespack (W, 2-2) nearly went the distance, pitching into the ninth to earn his second Eastern League win of 2017. He did not give up a hit until Emilio Guerrero singled to start the fifth.
The Fightin' Phils struck for three runs in the bottom of the first. Malquin Canelo took Fisher Cats starter Tom Pannone deep to begin the frame then Kyle Martin doubled with two outs three batters later. Up stepped Damek Tomscha, whose infield pop-up was dropped to allow Martin to score.
Reading added a pair of runs in the fifth on a Derek Campbell solo home run and a sacrifice fly from Mitch Walding and scored again in the eighth on a Jiandido Tromp solo shot that made 6-1.
New Hampshire scored a pair in the ninth - including an RBI double from Richard Urena - but it wasn't enough as they dropped game one 6-3.
The series continues Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. RHP Sean Reid-Foley (8-11, 5.10 ERA) will go for the 'Cats while RHP Tyler Viza (9-9, 5.48 ERA) gets the nod for the Fightin' Phils. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and can be heard locally on AM 610 WGIR or online via iHeartRadio or the MiLB First Pitch app.
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