In a matchup of rehabbing major league pitchers, Eduardo Rodriguez got the best of Aaron Sanchez in a 4-3 Portland Sea Dogs triumph over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in an Eastern League contest on Monday night before 5,509 fans at Hadlock Field.
Rodriguez, on the Boston Red Sox disabled list with a severe ankle sprain, worked four innings and allowed one hit and no runs. The left-hander walked two and fanned eight.
Sanchez, on Toronto’s disabled list with a bruised finger, took the loss. The right-hander gave up six hits and four runs (three earned) while walking four and fanning four.
The big hit against Sanchez was Jeremy Rivera’s two-run double that highlighted Portland’s three-run fourth inning.
Trailing 4-0 after four, the Fisher Cats fought back. They scored single runs in the fifth (Bo Bichette RBI single) and sixth (Santiago Espinal’s RBI double), then pulled within one in the ninth on Bichette’s two-out RBI single that chased home Juan Kelly, who had doubled. But winning pitcher Dedgar Jimenez (8-7) fanned Forrest Wall for the final out to end the game. Jimenez went five innings, giving up seven hits and the three runs.
Bichette finished with three of New Hampshire’s eight hits. He leads the EL in hits, with 135.
With Trenton’s 4-0 loss to Hartford, the Fisher Cats’ lead in the EL’s East Division remained at 2½ games. The Thunder loss also reduced New Hampshire’s magic number for clinching the division to five.