Hoskins Uses Force to Blast Walk-off in 10th

Reading hits a walk-off home run for the second straight game

(Cheryl Pursell)

By Reading Fightin Phils | June 4, 2016 9:55 PM

Rhys Hoskins hit a walk-off home run off Danny Barnes (2-1) in the bottom of the 10th as the Reading Fightin Phils (38-18) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (25-29) 6-5 on Saturday night. The Fightins are now 8-3 in walk-off decisions this season.  

Melky Mesa hit a two-run home run off Anthony Vasquez in the top of the first to give New Hampshire a 2-0 lead. The Fightin Phils tied the game at 2-2 off Casey Lawrence in the bottom of the first. Jorge Alfaro hit a RBI single and Jake Fox hit a RBI double. The Fisher Cats scored another run off Vasquez in the top of the second to take a 3-2 lead.

Harold Martinez tied the game at 3-3 off Lawrence in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly. New Hampshire grabbed a 4-3 off Vasquez in the top of the third as Melky Mesa hit his second home run of the game. Rhys Hoskins tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third with his 11th home run of the season.  

New Hampshire took a 5-4 lead off Vasquez in the top of the fourth inning. Reading answered in the bottom of the fourth as Martinez hit a home run off Lawrence to tie the game at 5-5. The home run for Martinez was his third of the season. 

Jeremy Bleich pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Vasquez. Gregory Infante pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Joely Rodriguez (2-0) earns the win after pitching a scoreless top of the 10th.

The Fightin Phils and New Hampshire Fisher Cats will play again on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is at 2:05 pm from FirstEnergy Stadium. Fans can listen to the game on Sports Radio AM 1240/FM 98.5 and fightins.com beginning at 1:35 pm. Fans can watch the game on MiLB.tv beginning at 2:05 pm.  

Tickets for the 2016 season are available online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, and in-person at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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

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