MANCHESTER — Outfielders Matt Newman and Melky Mesa combined for six hits, two home runs, and six runs batted in to lead the Fisher Cats (25-37) to a 7-1 win over the Erie SeaWolves (28-33) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Sunday.
Each player finished one hit short of the cycle as the Fisher Cats took the rubber game from Erie to win their third consecutive series.
Newman struck in the bottom of the second inning. Trailing 1-0, Newman ripped a triple to right field to plate a pair of runs for a 2-1 Fisher Cats lead. Newman then scored a few pitches later on a passed ball by Erie catcher Craig Albernaz.
Two innings later, Newman belted the first pitch of the inning over the right field wall for his third home run of the weekend. After Jack Murphy reached on an error, Mesa rocked his third homer of the homestand off the video board in right-center for a 6-1 lead.
Mesa added an RBI double in the sixth inning, scoring Murphy to extend the lead to 7-1. After knocking a single to center in the eighth, Mesa ended the game 3-for-4 and three RBIs, a double short of the cycle.
Newman doubled in the eighth, leaving him a single shy of the cycle. Like Mesa, Newman finished the game with three RBIs.
Aaron Sanchez earned the victory on the mound, improving to 3-4 by winning both of his starts on the homestand. Sunday’s effort saw him throw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. He left in the seventh after allowing his fourth hit, which ended a stretch where he retired 10 in a row. Sanchez issued just one walk, a season low, while striking out a season-best seven for the second straight start.
With their third straight series win secured, the Fisher Cats will enjoy an off-day today before opening a six-game road swing against the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday night. Righty Scott Copeland (5-5, 4.34) is schedule to get the ball in the opener against Bowie lefty Tim Berry (3-3, 4.12).