Valencia Two-Out HR in 9th Inning Gives Fisher Cats 3-2 VictoryJune 4, 2004 - Eastern League (EL) New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Valencia's dramatic long ball came on a 3-2 pitch from losing pitcher Bo Donaldson (1-2), snapping the catcher's 3-for-35 slump. Matt Logan scored from first base, where he had reached on a flair single to left with one out. Tyrell Godwin, who had come on as a pinch runner for John-Ford Griffin, was thrown out attempting to steal third base one pitch prior to the home run. Griffin reached on a catcher's interference to lead off the 9th.
Reliever Brandon League (1-2) earned his first win with two and a third scoreless innings of relief. Adam Peterson allowed a two-out double to Jesus Medrano in the bottom of the ninth and balked Medrano to third before striking out Mike Campo to notch his eleventh save, tied for the Eastern League lead.
New Hampshire starter Ryan Houston only issued four hits in his five and two-thirds innings on the mound, but two of the hits went for extra bases. Portland right fielder Brett Roneberg hammered a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Sea Dogs grabbed the lead for good in the second inning when, on another full count, center fielder Eric Johnson connected for a two-out, RBI triple off the wall in left-center that scored Mike O'Keefe all the way from first base. O'Keefe had reached on a hit-by-pitch.
The Fisher Cats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when left fielder Anton French, making his New Hampshire debut, doubled off the Maine Monster, the left field wall that is an exact replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster. After second baseman Dominic Rich advanced French with a ground out, shortstop Aaron Hill drove him in with a lined sacrifice fly to center, his team-leading 27th RBI of the year.
For the second time in a week, Portland righthander Jerome Gamble (5-2) held the Fishers to only a first-inning run. Gamble allowed six hits and no walks while striking out four over six and two-thirds innings.
New Hampshire looks to make it two in a row Saturday night at 6pm when lefthander Gustavo Chacin (4-1, 3.15) matches up with Portland southpaw Abe Alvarez (4-4, 3.90). Coverage begins at 5:30 on the WKXL Fisher Cats Radio Network, or online at www.fishercatsradio.com.
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