Red Sox prospect Xanger Bogaerts put the game away early Wednesday night, hitting home runs in each of the first two innings off Fisher Cats starter Marcus Stroman to give the Portland Sea Dogs a 9-1 win over New Hampshire at Hadlock Field in Maine.
Bogaerts took Stroman deep in the first, after leadoff hitter Shannon Wilkerson singled, to stake Portland to a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, J.C. Linares doubled home Tony Thomas and Michael Almanzar to push the Sea Dogs lead to 4-0.
Bogaerts did it again in the second. Stroman hit Heiker Meneses with a pitch, and Wilkerson followed with a single. Bogaerts hit another ball over the left-field wall for his second homer of the night, five runs batted in, and a 7-0 Portland lead. The Sea Dogs tacked on another run when Linares singled home Thomas.
It just wasn’t Stroman’s night. He allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits in one inning of work. He walked one and struck out two. The loss evened his record at 1-1 for the season.
Chorye Spoone pitched four scoreless innings for the Fisher Cats, followed by two spotless frames from Dustin Antolin. Tommy Hottovy conceded a run in the eighth when Bogaerts doubled and later scored on Almanzar’s sacrifice fly.
New Hampshire got its lone run in the eighth as Jon Talley singled home Adam Loewen, who had singled earlier. The Fisher Cats amassed only four hits, all singles.
Anthony Ranaudo pitched seven dominant innings for Portland, allowing only one hit and no runs. He walked no one and struck out eight in improving his record to 6-1. Chris Balcom-Miller finished the final two frames.
The teams finish their three-game series tonight 1t 6, as righty Deck McGuire pitches for the Fisher Cats against Portland lefty Drake Britton.
New Hampshire comes home this weekend for three games with Binghamton.