R-Phils Fall to Fisher Cats 5-2 Tuesday

April 13, 2010 - Eastern League (EL1) - Reading Fightin Phils News Release

The great Connie Mack once said, "You can't win them all" - the Reading Phillies found that out on Tuesday.

Luis Perez (1-0, 0.00) took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, first basemen David Cooper had two hits and an RBI, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats ended the R-Phils impressive four-game win streak with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday evening on a cold night at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Making his first start of 2010, Perez, 25, twirled a gem into the seventh inning, retiring batter after batter, keeping the no-hit bid alive and cooling off a red-hot R-Phils squad, which entered play on a roll after dropping the opener last Thursday. A native of Monte Cristi, DR, Perez allowed just one hit - a seeing-eye single off the bat of Domonic Brown, and two walks, while fanning three over his solid seven frames. Ranked as the fifteenth best prospect in the Blue Jays system by Baseball America, and a member of the Jays' 40-man roster, Perez impressed the die-hard fans at FirstEnergy Stadium on Tuesday.

On the hill for the R-Phils, making his second start of the season was Opening Day starter Vance Worley (0-2, 8.68), who allowed five runs on six hits over six innings to take the loss. Worley walked four and fanned two batters and was saddled with his second-straight loss.

Offensively for the R-Phils, Brown, who broke up the no-no, had two hits to raise his season average to .304. Brown's first hit remained the only hit of the ballgame until the bottom of the ninth when the R-Phils made the game close.

With two on, R-Phils DH Kevin Mahar stepped to the dish and roped a two-run double - putting the club on the scoreboard for the first time on the evening. Mahar, who hit an impressive .314 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs last season in Baseballtown, finished the game 1-4 and is now batting .304 this season.

Out of the bullpen for the R-Phils in relief of Worley was reliever Jason Stephens, who kept the game close in the late innings. Stephens, who spent the previous seven seasons in the Yankees' organization, tossed four shutout frames - allowing just three hits. A native of Ohio , Stephens, 25, was signed as a free agent by Philadelphia this past December.

The R-Phils offense will look to get back on track in the series finale on Wednesday evening in an epic pitching matchup between R-Phils starter Phillippe Aumont (0-0, 7.20) and former R-Phils ace and current Fisher Cat Kyle Drabek (1-0, 5.40). Both Drabek and Aumont were key pieces in the three-team trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle and brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia this past winter.

Tickets are available for this incredible game to wrap-up the first homestand of the 2010 season. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at FirstEnergy Stadium, by calling (610) 375-8469 or by visiting Fans can also add the all-you-can-eat Deck Buffet to any ticket for only $11. "Bring the Fam to America 's Classic Ballpark." First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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