Patrick Murphy has really turned his season around over his last handful of starts, and Thursday was no different. The Toronto Blue Jays' No. 17 prospect twirled six innings of one-run ball in the New Hampshire Fisher Cats' 7-2 win over the Altoona Curve, setting down seven on strikes and scattering five hits.
The win was the exclamation point on the Fishers' three-game sweep of Altoona, and it also brought New Hampshire back to .500 (22-22) for the season.
No. 6 prospect Kevin Smith led the team with three RBIs, all of which came on a bases-clearing triple in the third inning that gave New Hampshire a 3-0 edge. The Curve responded in the top half of the fourth with a run of their own, but a two-run homer off the bat of Alberto Mineo pushed the Fishers' lead to 5-1 in the fifth.
Vinny Capra added two more runs with a double to left field that plated Christian Williams and Nash Knight in the sixth. Altoona's Jerrick Suiter drove in a run in the ninth.
New Hampshire starts a four-game home set Friday at 6:35 p.m. against Hartford.