New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Emaus Smacks 9th-Inning HR in 7-2 loss to Altoona

August 7, 2009 - Eastern League (EL1)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats News Release


Fisher Cats second baseman stretches season-best hitting streak to eight games

Manchester, NH- Brad Emaus belted a solo home run into the Poultry Products Dinner in the Den in the bottom of the ninth inning, stretching his hitting streak to a season-high eight games, but Tim Alderson tossed six innings of no-hit baseball and Miles Durham drove in three runs as the Altoona Curve beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 7-2, on Friday night at Stadium.

New Hampshire (50-62) got on the board against Dustin Molleken in the bottom of the eighth inning when, trailing 7-0, Darin Mastroianni (0-for-3, BB, R) drew a walk, Jonathan Diaz (1-for-4) singled and Todd Donovan (1-for-4) legged out an infield single. Curve third baseman Pedro Alvarez threw wildly on Donovan's hit, allowing Mastroianni to score from third.

Emaus (1-for-3, HR, BB) led off the ninth with the long ball off Molleken, who departed after the Fisher Cats loaded the bases on two errors by shortstop Angel Gonzalez sandwiched around a Brian Jeroloman (1-for-4) single.

Scott Nestor then worked out of the bases-loaded, one-out jam to earn his eighth save in nine opportunities.

Alderson (8-1) pitched six innings of no-hit baseball to defeat New Hampshire for the third time this season. The right-hander walked one, notched three strikeouts and retired the final 16 batters he faced. It was the second straight day an opponent's starting pitcher held the Fisher Cats hitless, following Bowie right-hander Brandon Erbe's eight-inning gem on Thursday night.

Altoona (46-67) manufactured a run in the top of the first against Luis Perez when Brian Friday (1-for-1, BB, HBP, 2 R) drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a single by Gorkys Hernandez (2-for-4, BB), took third on a ground out and scored on Durham's ground out.

Durham (0-for-5, 3 RBI) reached on an error and made it 2-0 with a third-inning grounder that plated Friday, who had singled and advanced to third on a pair of Perez wild pitches.

Jonel Pacheco (3-for-4, HR, BB, 2 R) led off the fourth with a solo home run, his 12th, over the right field wall to build the Altoona lead to 3-0.

Durham drove in his third run of the game on a fielder's choice grounder in the seventh, giving Altoona a 4-0 lead.

All four runs against Perez (7-10) were earned on eight hits, two walks and two hit batsmen in 6.1 innings. The left-hander fanned one and moved into a tie for the Eastern League-lead in innings pitched with 131.

Shelby Ford (1-for-3, HR, HBP), playing in just his third game since being transferred from Triple-A Indianapolis, stroked a three-run homer, his first, off Matt Hensley in the top of the eighth that gave the Curve a 7-0 cushion.

The Fisher Cats and Curve play the middle game of their three-game series on Saturday night at 7:05pm. Right-hander Sean Smith (3-3, 2.90) will make his first New Hampshire start, and he'll be opposing his former team, which will counter with left-hander Daniel Moskos (8-8, 3.81). Radio coverage begins at 6:45pm with the BayRing Pre-Game Show on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network with Mike Murphy.

The Fisher Cats will host their inaugural Renew Your Wedding Vows Night on Saturday night at Stadium, and an Atlas Fireworks Show follows the game. For tickets, visit, or call (603) 641-2005.

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