New Hampshire Swept In Doubleheader

Seven-hour marathon includes rain delay, walk-off home run with position player pitching

By Tyler Zickel / New Hampshire Fisher Cats | July 3, 2019 12:48 AM

READING, PA - After rain paused game one of a twi-night doubleheader for nearly two hours in the bottom of the second, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) were swept in a doubleheader by the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies) 5-1 and 3-2 (nine innings) Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium. Game two finished at 12:35 a.m.

GAME ONE - Reading 5, New Hampshire 1

A two-out triple by Logan Warmoth scored an unearned run for New Hampshire in the top of the first, but Reading answered with a pair in the bottom of the frame on four singles.

Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the second, the R-Phils doubled their output with another set of runs. After the first two batters reached via singles, the skies opened up and paused play from 6:07 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The two batters who reached before the delay would score on an RBI single from Josh Stephen and a ground ball double play to make it 4-1.

Jake Fishman pitched admirably after the weather moved through. The southpaw tossed four scoreless innings, allowed two hits and struck out four.

Reading scored their final run of the contest on a Jose Gomez home run in the bottom of the sixth as they triumphed 5-1 over New Hampshire.

GAME TWO - Reading 3, New Hampshire 2 in nine innings

Riley Adams launched his fourth home run of the season to begin the scoring in the second tilt. His lead-off jack in the top of the third traveled an estimated 436 feet and left the bat at 110 MPH to give the 'Cats a 1-0 advantage.

Reading tied it in the bottom of the sixth, but the 'Cats scratched a run across in the top of the ninth on a squeeze bunt. The lead would be short-lived; New Hampshire had to put a position player on the mound in the bottom of the inning and Jose Gomez took him deep with the placed runner at second to help the R-Phils to a 3-2 walk-off win.

Patrick Murphy tossed four shutout innings in his 15th start of the year. He allowed three hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out four.

The series concludes Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. New Hampshire has yet to announce a starter, but LHP JoJo Romero (2-3, 6.38 ERA) is set to go for the R-Phils. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. with the Fisher Cats Pregame Show and continues with first pitch at 7:10 p.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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