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Fisher Cats lose after ninth-inning meltdown

July 23. 2013 10:47PM
The Fisher Cats’ Kevin Ahrens celebrates their fourth run in Tuesday night’s 6-5 loss to Harrisburg at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

Ninth-inning RBI singles from Rick Hague and Brian Goodwin lifted Harrisburg past New Hampshire, 6-5, in an Eastern League contest Tuesday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium before 3,575 fans.

New Hampshire reliever Alan Farina (0-1) couldn’t protect a one-run lead, giving up four hits to the Western Division-leading Senators (56-48). The Fisher Cats, still in sole possession of second place in the Eastern Division, fell to 52-49.

Carlos Rivero started the Harrisburg ninth with a single but was forced out at second on a bunt attempt by Jason Martinson.

With Hague batting, Farina was charged with a throwing error trying to pick off Martinson, who rambled to third base.

Hague singled to score Martinson with the tying run and then bolted to third base when former Fisher Cat Brian Jeroloman singled to right.

Goodwin brought home Hague when his single to right deflected by first baseman Kevin Ahrens. Aaron Barrett earned his 20th save for Harrisburg as New Hampshire stranded runners on second and third. Matt Grace (4-1) got the win in relief.

Harrisburg took a 3-0 second-inning lead behind an RBI double from Rivero and a two-run double from Hague against New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire. On 91 pitches, McGuire lasted six innings, allowing six hits, four runs (three earned) with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Fisher Cats chipped away at the deficit, getting two runs back in the home second. Brad Glenn opened the frame with a double and scored on a single from Nashua native Kevin Nolan, who took second base on the throw to home. Moments later a throwing error by starting pitcher Nathan Karns on the pickoff attempt allowed Nolan to score.

New Hampshire tied the game in the third inning when Andy Burns doubled and went to third on a single by A.J. Jimenez. A wild pitch from Karns allowed Burns to tie the game at 3-3.

Ahrens provided the Fisher Cats with a brief 4-3 lead when he smacked his second season homer to center field.

Harrisburg tied the game in the sixth inning when Jerad Head doubled off McGuire and scored on a single from Jimmy Van Ostrand.

Pat McCoy replaced starter Karns in the seventh and yielded a lead-off triple to Adam Loewen. Burns followed with a single against reliever Matt Swynenberg, giving the Fisher Cats a 5-4 edge.

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