Disappointing Loss Ends R-Phils Season

Reading made a strong run down the stretch to get into the playoffs, but weren't able to knock out the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Reading fell to New Hampshire two games to one in the Eastern Division Series.

After an offensive explosion by Reading on Friday and a pitcher's duel on Saturday, nobody knew what to expect on Sunday. It turned out to be another pitcher's duel; at least until the ninth inning.

Reading opened what little offense there was when Tuffy Gosewisch homered with one out in the bottom of the second to give Reading a 1-0 lead against New Hampshire and starter Yohan Pina.

That run would be the only real blemish on Pina's line for the night and he wouldn't allow another run through his outing that lasted six innings. Pina left with a 2-1 lead.

New Hampshire's two runs came in the fourth inning against R-Phils' starter Tyson Brummett. The inning started well for Brummett, who got Anthony Gose and Colby Rasmus to ground out to start the inning. A single by Moises Sierra and a walk to Travis D'Arnaud put runners on first and second. Mike McDade singled to left to drive in Gose and tie the score 1-1. Kevin Howard then delivered an RBI double to right as the Fisher Cats took their first lead of the night.

After Pina exited, Reading went to work on reliever Ronald Uviedo. Doubles by Tim Kennelly and Michael Spidale gave Reading their second run of the night and tied the game at 2-2.

Mike Cisco (0-1) came on for Reading in the top of the eighth and returned to the mound for the ninth. McDade opened the inning with a double and pinch-runner John Tolisano moved to third on a groundball by Howard. Danny Perales then stepped up to the plate and slashed a pitch from Cisco out to right to put New Hampshire up 4-2. Cisco would get out of the inning without any further damage, but the Cats went to their closer - and former Phillies prospect - Bobby Korecky to close things out.

Two ground balls and a pop out later, Korecky had picked up the save for New Hampshire, just as he had in the first two New Hampshire wins of the series.

New Hampshire will now go on to play Richmond for the Eastern League Championship in a best-of-five series starting Tuesday night in New Hampshire.

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