New Hampshire gets no relief, falls to Portland
Hector Meneses’ two-run single capped a four-run eighth inning, lifting the host Portland Sea Dogs to a 7-6 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday before 7,368 fans at Hadlock Field.
The Sea Dogs’ uprising began against reliever Tyler Ybarra, who came on to start the frame, and continued against Randy Boone, who replaced Ybarra with two on.
Portland’s Blake Swihart greeted Ybarra with a homer, cutting the Portland deficit to 6-4. Michael Almanzar then reached on a error by first baseman K.C. Hobson and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then scored on a David Chester single, making it 6-5. Jonthan Roof walked, prompting the pitching change.
Boone retired Michael Brenly on a fly ball to center, then walked pinch-hitter Stefan Welch to load the bases. Meneses followed with a ground single, plating both Chester and Roof.
Pete Ruiz, who pitched the final four innings, picked up the win in his first decision of the year. Mike McCarthy started and allowed five of the six New Hampshire runs.
Chester finished with three hits for the Sea Dogs, who have taken three out of four in the weekend series heading into today’s noon finale. The Eastern League takes its all-star break after today’s action.
The loss spoiled a monster game by Andy Burns, who stroked two doubles, a triple and a single, scored two runs and knocked in two. Jon Berti and Hobson homered for New Hampshire (44-51). Portland leads the Eastern Division with a record of 62-34.