McGuire wins in Fisher Cats' trip finale
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Jack Murphy broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning, and Deck McGuire worked 7 1/3 solid innings for his third win as the Fisher Cats topped New Britain, 5-3, Thursday morning.
It was New Hampshire's second straight win and third in four games as the team improved to 8-10.
McGuire (3-1) allowed three unearned runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out a season-best eight hitters. Scott Gracey and Gregory Infante finished up the win, Infante earning his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.
Michael Crouse (2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 batted in) led off the eighth inning with a walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a throwing error on a pick-off attempt. Murphy doubled him home and scored on a single by Jon Berti off losing pitcher Adrian Salcedo (0-3).
The Rock Cats, who scored first in each game of the series, plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kennys Vargas doubled home Nate Hanson, who had reached on a fielder's choice. He scored on a single by Daniel Ortiz to put New Britain up 2-0.
New Hampshire (8-10) came back in the top of the second inning. Andy Burns (3 for 5) and Crouse started the frame with singles, moving up on a ground-out. Jonathan Jones delivered a two-run single to tie the game at 2-2.
New Britain's Reynaldo Rodriguez reached on an error to start the bottom of the fourth inning, and the Rock Cats followed with consecutive singles by Aderlin Mejia and Mike Kvasnicka. Rodriguez scored on a fielder's choice to make it 3-2.
The Fisher Cats came right back to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning. Brad Glenn, Burns and Crouse put together three consecutive two-out singles, with Glenn scoring on the Crouse hit.
Taylor Rogers, the New Britain starter, allowed three runs in six innings.
The Fisher Cats open a seven-game homestand tonight with a 6:35 p.m. start against the Reading Fightin Phils, Philadelphia's Eastern League affiliate. The teams face each other again on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
New Hampshire will miss Reading left-hander Jesse Biddle, ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Phillies organization, during the series, but the Fishers will have to contend with one of the league's hottest hitters in Cam Perkins. A 23-year-old outfielder, Perkins is batting .406 with two home runs, 12 RBIs and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.121.
Following Reading into Northeast Delta Dental Stadium will be Yankees affiliate Trenton for a four-game set. The Thunder's top prospect is catcher Gary Sanchez, who began Thursday batting .286. Trenton's leading offensive player thus far has been 21-year-old outfielder Ben Gamel, who enters the weekend with a .321 average and .391 on-base percentage.