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Dominant Pino, Fisher Cats blank Portland
Portland Sea Dogs third baseman Marquez Smith takes the throw as New Hampshire Fisher Cats Ryan Goins slides into third on a steal in the first inning at Northeast Delta Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
MANCHESTER — When the big-league rosters expand next month, the Blue Jays ought to make a phone call to Yohan Pino.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats starter worked seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, in a dominant 7-0 win over the Sea Dogs on Wednesday night. Pino fanned 10 and won his fifth straight outing before a crowd of 4,202 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Pino (10-7, 3.25 ERA) struck out the side in the first inning, retiring on called strikes Jackie Bradley Jr., Marquez Smith and Bryce Brentz. Smith and Ronald Bermudez (bunt) had the only hits against Pino, who has been receiving plenty of run support.
Sea Dogs starter Brandon Workman gave up five runs in the second inning as New Hampshire batted through the order. Koby Clemens knocked in the first two runs with a single, and Ryan Goins and Mark Sobolewski added back-to-back doubles in the rally. In the seventh, Schimpf (2-for-3) teed up a Ryan Pressly fastball and belted a solo homer over the wall in right-center field.
Ron Uviedo and Sam Dyson eached worked a scoreless frame as the Fisher Cats completed the shutout. Each Sea Dogs starter struck out at least once in the impressive two-hit performance by New Hampshire pitchers.
Pino, the first Fisher Cat to reach 10 wins this season, has been on fire during his five-game winning streak, yielded only five runs on 24 hits through 31 innings.
Last-place New Hampshire improved to 60-77, while the fourth-place Sea Dogs dropped to 66-70. The Fisher Cats’ final home game of the season is tonight at 6:35.