Fisher Cats' streak ends with loss in doubleheader opener
MANCHESTER — Although the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have given their fans plenty to cheer about lately, those fans had little reason to get excited Tuesday night.
Third baseman Brandon Waring hit a grand slam as New Britain won the first game of a doubleheader, 10-2, and ended New Hampshire’s 10-game home winning streak. A Fisher Cats victory would have set a franchise record for consecutive victories at home.
The seven-inning game was suspended by rain after two innings Monday with New Britain (43-44) holding a 2-0 lead. The Rock Cats added to that lead by scoring three runs in the fourth and one in the sixth before Waring’s grand slam in the seventh.
Shortstop Kevin Nolan — a Nashua native — provided New Hampshire’s offensive highlight when he hit a two-run home run in the seventh. It was Nolan’s fifth home run of the season. He has 17 hits in his last 39 at-bats.
The Fisher Cats (42-46) had five hits in the loss. Third baseman Andy Burns had New Hampshire’s only other extra-base hit. He doubled in the seventh and scored on Nolan’s home run.
The loss ended New Hampshire’s five-game winning streak.
New Britain first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez collected two doubles in the victory, and has a league-leading 28 doubles this season.
Left fielder Mike Kvasnicka had three of New Britain’s 15 hits. New Britain also received two-hit games from Rodriguez, shortstop Tony Thomas, right fielder Lance Ray and catcher Kyle Knudson.
The victory ended New Britain’s five-game losing streak, and nine-game road losing streak.
New Hampshire starting pitcher John Anderson allowed two runs in two innings Monday before wet conditions forced the teams off the field. Scott Gracey (three runs in two innings) and Richard Bleier (five runs in three innings) each pitched in relief Tuesday.
Jim Fuller (3-1) collected the win for holding the Fisher Cats to one hit in three innings of relief.
The second half of Tuesday’s doubleheader was also scheduled for seven innings.