Fisher Cats score early, top Goats
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored five runs in the second inning and never trailed in an 8-5 win over the Hartford Yard Goats on Saturday night in Eastern League play at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn.
The league takes today off. The Fisher Cats begin a four-game series in Trenton on Monday.
New Hampshire (5-4) strung together six hits and a walk in its five-run explosion. Raffy Lopez tripled home Ryan McBroom, who led off with a single, and Gunnar Heidt, who walked. Jonathan Davis followed with a single to score Lopez. Tim Lopes doubled home Davis, and Anthony Alford doubled home Lopes.
Hartford (3-7) got three back in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run homer to left-center by Dillon Thomas and a solo shot to right by Dom Nunez.
Lopez homered in the third, his third of the campaign. McBroom scored Alford with an RBI single in the seventh, and Alford homered, his first of the season, in the ninth as the Fisher Cats padded their lead.
Josh Fuentes doubled home Max White in the Hartford sixth, and White singled home Thomas in the eighth as Hartford tried to get back in it. The Yard Goats had two on with one out in the inning, trailing 7-5, but reliever Jose Fernandez struck out Luis Jean and Omar Carrizales to end the threat.
Jon Harris earned his first win of the season for the Fisher Cats. The right-hander allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, striking out six and walking three. Tim Mayza contributed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless and hitless ball, walking one and fanning one. Fernandez pitched two innings for his second save, allowing a run on three hits, walking one and striking out four.
Hartford's Luis Niebla too the loss. He allowed six earned runs on seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out three.