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Fightins Drop Second-Straight to Fisher Cats

June 19, 2024 - Eastern League (EL)
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(Manchester, NH) - The Fightin Phils (28-37) dropped their second straight game to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (30-35) on Tuesday night.

The Fightins took a 1-0 lead in the third, on a solo home run off the bat of Trevor Schwecke. It was his third long ball of the year, and his first since rejoining the team after a brief stint with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Fisher Cats took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Josh Kasevich drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game. The next batter, Alex De Jesus hit an RBI single to drive in the go-ahead run. New Hampshire added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Kasevich hit an RBI single to drive home Devonte Brown and made it all the way home to score due to a throwing error by Andrick Nava. The Fisher Cats increase their lead, 4-1.

Reading began a rally in the top of the seventh, as they scored two runs in the inning. With runners on first and second, Otto Kemp hit an RBI ground-rule double to left field, bringing home Carlos De La Cruz. Carson Taylor advanced to third on the play. Kendall Simmons cut the deficit to one as he drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Simmons dropped his 18-game on-base going into tonight's contest, going 0-for-3.

Adam Macko (5-2) earned the win for New Hampshire, while Matt Osterberg suffered the loss (1-4).

The Fightin Phils and Fisher Cats return to the field Thursday at 6:35 p.m. RHP Max Castillo will start for Reading, opposite RHP CJ Van Eyk for New Hampshire. A video stream is available via MiLB TV or the Bally Live App.

The Fightin Phils return home from June 25-30 against the Bowie Baysox, Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Tuesday features a Phillie Phanatic Appearance, presented by Berks Schuylkill Oil Heat Association. Wednesday is Fightin Cancer Night and an appearance Phillies Legend Charlie Manuel with a free photo session, thanks to Penn State Children's Hospital. Thursday and Friday feature postgame fireworks. Thursday's show is presented by PA Virtual Charter School, Biological Specialty Company and The American Diner. Friday's show is sponsored by Love It Here, Go Local: Unchained and Independent in Berks County PA. Saturday is a Tribute to Taylor Swift and postgame Carpenter MEGA Blast Fireworks, thanks to Reading Truck. The series finishes Sunday with an R-Phils Uncut Player Baseball Card Poster for the first 2,000 kids, presented by Diversity Night.

To buy tickets, call 610-370-BALL, go to, or in person at the Customers Bank Ticket Office. The Fightin Phils Brentwood Industries Team Store is open both in-person and online 24/7 at

The 2024 R-Phils season is presented by Pepsi. Follow the Fightin Phils on Twitter @ReadingFightins, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram @Fightins.

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