Fightins Save the Best for Last in 9-4 Win

The Reading Fighitn Phils (9-14) scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (15-8) as they won 6-5 on Wednesday morning. 

Damek Tomscha and Zach Green hit back-to-back home runs to jump start the ninth inning against Fisher Cats reliever Andrew Case (0-1).  Jan Hernandez and Brandon Bednar hit back-to-back doubles with one out to give the Fightins a 6-4 lead. 

Cavan Biggio got the first run of the game for the Fisher Cats in the bottom of the first inning as he homered off Harold Arauz.  Biggio’s home run was his sixth of the season and fourth against the Fightin Phils.  Green answered quickly off New Hampshire’s Sean Reid-Foley in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit his fourth home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1. 

Zach Coppola broke the 1-1 tie with a go-ahead RBI single off Reid-Foley in the top of the fifth inning to score Hernandez.  New Hampshire got two runs off Arauz in the bottom of the sixth inning as Max Pentecost hit a two-run double to give the Fisher Cats a 3-2 lead. 

New Hampshire’s Sean Reid-Foley struck out a season-high ten batters through six innings.  The Fisher Cats got a run off Trevor Bettancourt in the bottom of the ninth inning as Juan Kelly homered to cut the Fightins lead to 6-5. 

Tyler Gilbert (3-0) earned the win as he pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief while allowing one unearned run. 

The Fightin Phils are off on Thursday and return home on Friday night to play the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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