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May 26. 2014 8:14PM

Fisher Cats fall to Wright, Sea Dogs


New Hampshire Fisher Cats Andy Burns flips his bat after striking out vs. the Portland Sea Dogs in the ninth inning at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on Memorial Day. The Sea Dogs won 6-3. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Steven Wright, on a rehab start from the Boston Red Sox, allowed five hits in five innings to lead the Portland Sea Dogs to a 6-3 Eastern League win against New Hampshire before 5,983 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Memorial Day.

The Fishers Cats (17-33) dropped three of four games to the Eastern Division-leading Sea Dogs (34-16). New Hampshire fell 17 games behind Portland and 12 behind Reading for the second playoff berth in the division.

The Fisher Cats hit the road for a three-game series against Binghamton, followed by a weekend series against the Curve in Altoona, Pa. New Hampshire returns home on Tuesday, June 3 against Bowie.

Matt Boyd (0-1, 6.30) takes the hill tonight against Binghamton righthander Matt Bowman (3-2, 4.46).

Wright, a knuckleball pitcher who underwent surgery for a hernia during the off-season, allowed three runs, two earned runs on 65 pitches, 44 for strikes. He walked one and fanned four. Wright surrendered a solo homer to Andy Burns in the second inning.

Matt Spring led Portland’s 12-hit attack with four hits and Blake Swihart collected three RBIs including a two-run homer in the sixth inning against starting and losing pitcher Scott Copeland. The homer snapped a 3-3 tie.

In seven innings on 94 pitches, 62 for strikes, Copeland (3-5) allowed 11 hits, five earned runs, one walk and fanned three. Keith Couch pitched a one-hitter over the final four scoreless innings for his first save with Portland this season.


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