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Fisher Cats, down to last strike, rally to win in the ninth
Jon Berti (5) is mobbed by his New Hampshire teammates as they celebrate his game-winning RBI single on Sunday. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
“That was a huge win in for this team,” said Fisher Cat left fielder Jon Berti. “A great effort all around, up and down the lineup.”
Portland reliever Aaron Kurcz retired the first two batters in the ninth.
Fermin then worked a walk and so did Newman, who was also pinch-hitting.
Then came Berti and his single to left field scored Newman with the winning run.
“I’m glad they got rewarded for their hard work,” said New Hampshire manager Bobby Meacham. “Not just Berti but the rest of them got rewarded, too. Those were great at-bats they had at the end.”
Dustin Antolin allowed three hits in the ninth inning, but not a run and got the win.
Portland starter Brian Johnson and Lawrence each allowed a first-inning run and nothing else until the fourth.
Portland second baseman Sean Coyle singled to right field with two outs and scored on Dave Chester’s double down the third base line in the first inning.
Johnson worked out of jams in the fifth and sixth innings.
With one out in the sixth, New Hampshire had the bases loaded after a couple of singles and a walk. Johnson got K.C. Hobson to fly out to Coyle and got Michael Crouse on a ground out to third.