by PATRICK CAVANAUGH
(MANCHESTER)—The New Hampshire Fisher Cats swept the Reading Fightin’ Phils in a three-game series after they came out on top with a 4-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
It was a damp day in the Queen City, but that did not stop the Fisher Cats from winning their eleventh game of the season. The Phils were first to strike, plating a run in the top of the first inning, but the Fisher Cats overpowered that in the third inning, when two hits and a sacrifice fly add three runs to the scoreboard for the Fisher Cats.
“These last few games we have been playing solid defense,” said Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham. “We were shaky at the beginning of the season, but the guys are getting a lot more comfortable out there.”
In the fifth inning, Reading managed to add another run to the scoreboard, making it a one run ballgame, but Kevin Nolan’s solo homerun (his 2nd of the season) in the bottom of the eighth inning provided the Fisher Cats some insurance to help finish the game strong.
“His home run was big,” said Meacham. “It gives the guys a chance to relax, and gives us some more breathing room.”
Fisher Cats starter Casey Lawrence had an exceptional outing, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked one batter, and struck out four. His replacements (Tyler Ybarra and Scott Gracey) were able to come in and get the job done for the remainder of the game.
There were a handful of passing showers throughout the game, but it was played in a reasonable time frame of two hours and twenty-seven minutes. The Fisher Cats will open up a four-game series with the Trenton Thunder at home tomorrow night at 6:35 PM. Blue Jays Top Prospect Aaron Sanchez will get the nod for New Hampshire.
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