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August 03. 2012 1:14AM

Erie scores twice in 17th, wins longest game in Fisher Cats' history, 9-7


New Hampshire Fisher Cats first baseman Kevin Howard loses his glove as he attempted to put the tag on Erie's Brandon Douglas Thursday night. The game went into the early hours of Friday morning, ending just before 1 a.m., in the 17th inning. It was the longest game in Fisher Cats history. (Bruce Preston/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER – Ryan Schimpf contributed to one of the most incredible games in Fisher Cats history with a home run in the ninth, triggering a Thursday-into-Friday marathon for 17 innings at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

New Hampshire erased a four-run deficit in the ninth inning and a one-run deficit in the 11th inning but lost to Erie, 9-7, in the longest home game in club history.

Ranking the top-10 highlights and historic notes:

1. Erie slugger Jordan Lennerton fouled off four straight pitches before doubling off Chorye Spoone in the 17th, driving home Niuman Romero, and ending the 5 hour, 39-minute contest. Spoone (2-2) was the game's 13th pitcher.

2. Schimpf, called up from Single-A Dunedin this week, broke an 0-for-8 stretch with a two-run homer against fireballer Bruce Rondon. The Erie reliever blew the save but registered 100, 101 and 102 mph on radar guns.

3. New Hampshire trailed by four runs when Ryan Goins (4-for-6) stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Goins' train-track homer against Kelvin De La Cruz launched New Hampshire's four-run rally.

4. Erie pulled ahead in the 11th on Jamie Johnson's sacrifice fly, but once again the Fisher Cats played long ball to force extra frames.

5. This time, Kevin Howard cranked a first-pitch fastball from Ryan Robowski over the right-field wall, tying the game at 7-apiece.

6. In the 16th, the Fisher Cats loaded the bases with no outs. Reliever Michael Morrison entered to strike out Schimpf, Sean Ochinko and Brian Bocock. Morrison (3-3 ) worked two innings, striking out five straight, for the win.

7. Fisher Cats right fielder Brad Glenn made a diving catch to rob Erie's Rawley Bishop in the 12th and prevent a go-ahead run. Bishop went hitless in seven at-bats before lining a double in the 17th, scoring Lennerton.

8. John Tolisano tripled in the first inning and scored on Jake Marisnick's sacrifice fly – but the game would last another 5-plus hours.

9. Erie catcher James McCann worked all 17 innings and had four hits. New Hampshire's catcher, Ochinko, also went the distance and was 1-for-7.

10. The teams combined for one error, a misplayed fly ball by Brad McElroy, in a game that featured 137 at-bats and 529 pitches.

Paid attendance was 5,492. The teams combined to throw 530 pitches. Last-place New Hampshire (43-69) played its franchise-record 19th extra-inning game of the season. Erie (50-61) remains in last-place of the Western Division.

kgray@unionleader.com


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