Portland offense rips Fisher Cats
MANCHESTER — The Sea Dogs took care of that Fisher Cat win streak.
Portland ripped a season-high 18 hits and marked a season-high in runs, too, to knock off the Fisher Cats, 15-4, in the finale of a three-game series at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Thursday night.
New Hampshire, which had won the first two games of the series and three straight overall, fell to 19-22.
The Sea Dogs, who have won two of their last six, lead the Eastern Division at 23-15.
The Fisher Cats open a seven-game roadtrip in New Britain tonight. They play three against the Rock Cats and then move on to Portland for four more against the Sea Dogs from Monday through Thursday.
Kevin Pillar had three of New Hampshire’s 12 hits, including a home run to lead off the bottom of the first. Ryan Schimpf had a home run and Nashua’s Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Nanita each had a pair of hits.
First baseman Travis Shaw had four of the Portland hits and Michael Almanzar, Tony Thomas and Derrike Gibson each had three. Almanzar ripped his team-leading sixth home run, and first since April 28, to right field in the top of the eighth and had a two-run double in the sixth.
Almanzar finished with five runs batted in. Shaw had four.
Brandon Workman allowed seven hits over six innings to improve to 5-1. He struck out six and walked one.
A night after three Sea Dog pitchers walked 14 Fisher Cats, they walked one.
The Sea Dogs went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first.
In the next three innings, they turned 10 hits — seven of them for extra bases — into a 9-3 lead.
At the end of four, Shaw had three hits, including two doubles and a home run, and eight of the nine Sea Dog batters had a hit.