MANCHESTER — Gunnar Heidt had three of New Hampshire’s 11 hits but the Fisher Cats fell 5-0 to the Altoona Curve on Tuesday night in Eastern League action at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Three Curve pitchers — starter and winner Dario Agrazal (4-3), and relievers Geoff Hartlieb and Tate Scioneaux — combined to hand New Hampshire just its second shutout loss of the season. Agrazal worked the first six innings, allowing seven hits, walking one and striking out two.
Altoona took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Alfredo Reyes singled and stole second, but came around to score as the Fisher Cats made two errors on the play.
The Curve extended the lead to 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning when Logan Hill cracked a three-run homer, ending the night for New Hampshire starter Jordan Romano. Will Craig added a solo shot in Altoona’s eighth inning.
Romano (10-7) took the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs, three earned. He issued one walk and struck out three. Corey Copping and Josh DeGraaf finished up for the Fisher Cats.
Heidt’s double in the seventh inning was New Hampshire’s only extra-base hit. Max Pentecost (2-for-4) and Harold Ramirez (2-for-4) each had two hits. Ramirez has hit in 10 straight games for the second time this season and continues to lead the Eastern League with a .319 batting average.
The series with Altoona continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Hector Perez (0-1, 4.00) is scheduled to start for New Hampshire against Curve righty James Marvel (0-1, 2.70).