Fishers get doubleheader split, three games back of playoff berth
READING, Pa. - Adam Loewen doubled home two runs in the top of the 10th inning to give the Fisher Cats a 3-1 win over Reading and a split of Saturday's day-night doubleheader with the Fightin Phils at First Energy Stadium.
With the win, and Trenton's 4-2 loss to Portland, the Fisher Cats trail the second place Thunder by three games in the standings. New Hampshire has nine games left to pass the Thunder and earn a playoff berth.
In the top of the tenth inning, Kenny Wilson reached on a hit-by-pitch and Lance Zawadzki walked. Loewen's two-out double off the left field wall scored both runners to give New Hampshire the win. Three Fisher Cats relievers combined to toss five scoreless innings in relief of Casey Lawrence, who was making his first Double-A start of the season.
Ryan Tepera (10-8) worked the bottom of the eighth and ninth to earn the win. Evan Crawford allowed two singles in the bottom of the tenth but finished up for his first save with some help from a diving Lance Zawadzki who took a hit away from Reading's Troy Hanzawa on a grounder to end the game.
New Hampshire scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Andy Burns doubled, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a passed ball.
The Fightin Phils tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Kelly Dugan drilled the first pitch of the frame for his ninth home run, the only run allowed by Lawrence in five innings.
Earlier in the day, the Fightin Phils scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 4-2 win. Edgar Duran walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Zach Collier. Collier scored on a double by Kelly Dugan.
The Fisher Cats opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Wilson reached on an error and Burns and Kevin Nolan walked. Loewen grounded into a fielders choice as Wilson scored to make it 1-0. Catcher Pierce Rankin homered in his second at bat of the season for New Hampshire in the top of the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead.
Reading tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a bunt single by Collier and two-run homer by Maikel Franco.
Tyson Brummett (1-6) went the distance in the loss, allowing four hits and four runs. Hector Neris (4-4) retired all seven batters he faced in relief for Reading to earn the win.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. RHP Deck McGuire (8-9, 5.07) will start for the Fisher Cats against RHP Roy Halladay, who is making an MLB rehab start for the Fightin Phils.