NH Fisher Cats play long ball, beat Portland
Henry Owens of the Seadogs relaxes in the dugout before Friday night's game against the New Hampshire Fisher cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. (Bruce Preston / Union Leader)
First baseman K.C. Hobson, center fielder Dalton Pompey and designated hitter Andy Burns homered for New Hampshire, which raised its record to 46-52. Portland dropped to 63-36, but still has the league’s best record.
New Hampshire scored all seven runs against Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt (1-1), who surrendered eight hits before he exited the mound after the fourth inning. Burns, left fielder Michael Crouse and second baseman Jon Berti each had two hits for the Fisher Cats.
Center fielder Derrik Gibson had three of Portland’s seven hits. Gibson began the night ranked fifth among Eastern League players in batting average (.314), and raised his average to .321.
Tonight’s (7:05) scheduled starting pitchers are Portland’s Henry Owens (12-3, 2.21 ERA) and New Hampshire’s Daniel Norris (1-0, 4.24). Both throw left-handed. Owens’ 12 victories has him tied with Norfolk’s Tyler Wilson for the most wins among minor league pitchers, and his ERA is the best in the Eastern League. … Portland has lost seven consecutive road games and has been outscored 49-14 during that stretch. … The Sea Dogs began Friday night’s game with the fourth best record among full-season minor league teams.