Portland takes first of two from NH Fisher Cats Saturday
The Portland Sea Dogs were held to one hit as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats split a doubleheader Saturday by winning the nightcap 2-0 at Portland's Hadlock Field.
Peter Hissey - Portland's leadoff hitter - collected a single in the bottom of the first, but the Sea Dogs were shut down the rest of the way. New Hampshire starting pitcher John Anderson (2-1) struck out eight and walked one in five innings. Reliever Gregory Infante didn't allow a baserunner in his two innings on the mound. He struck out three.
Both ends of the doubleheader were seven-inning games.
Jon Berti scored both New Hampshire runs. He singled, stole second, stole third and scored on a throwing error in the first. Berti made it 2-0 when he scored on Kevin Nolan's two-out single in the fifth. Nolan collected two of New Hampshire's five hits.
New Hampshire improved its record to 44-50 in the Eastern League's Eastern Division. First-place Portland dropped to 61-34.
Brian Johnson pitched a three-hitter to help Portland win Saturday's first game, 5-2.Johnson allowed one earned run, struck out four and walked two. He improved his record to 8-2 and dropped his ERA to 2.51.
Designated hitter Kevfin Nolan and center fielder Michael Crouse each had a hit and scored a run for the Fisher Cats. Right fielder Matt Newman had New Hampshire's only other hit.
The Fisher Cats led 1-0 after one inning, but the Sea Dogs took control by scoring four runs in the third and another in the fourth. New Hampshire capped the scoring with a run in the top of the seventh.
Center fielder Shannon Wilkerson led the Portland offense with three hits and two RBIs.
New Hampshire starting pitcher Radhames Liz allowed five runs (all earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one. Randy Boone tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.