Kervin's single lifts Fisher Cats over Sea Dogs, 6-5
Manchester, NH- Bryan Kervin snapped a 5-5 tie with an RBI single to center in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to their sixth win in their last seven games, a 6-5 triumph over the Portland Sea Dogs at Merchantsauto.com Stadium before 6,014 on Monday afternoon. Rommie Lewis worked 2.2 innings of effective relief to earn the win, as the Fisher Cats took two out of three from the Sea Dogs in the holiday weekend series.
Facing Bryce Cox in the eighth, Brad Emaus (1-for-3, HBP, R) singled through the middle. Nick Gorneault (2-for-4, RBI) followed by beating out a bunt single, and Al Quintana (0-for-2, HBP, SAC) dropped down his first sacrifice bunt of the season, advancing both runners. Kervin (1-for-4, RBI) then lined a single to center, scoring Emaus to give the Fisher Cats the 6-5 lead.
Lewis (2-4) worked around Josh Reddick's ninth-inning double to earn the victory. The left-hander allowed one run on four hits in 2.2 innings to notch the win. He fanned one.
Cox (0-3) absorbed the loss after yielding one run on three hits in one inning of relief.
New Hampshire (38-45) jumped ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning against Ryne Lawson. Darin Mastroianni (1-for-3, BB, 2 R, 2 SB) started the inning with an infield single, stole second base, moved to third on Adam Calderone's ground out and scored on a ground out from Brian Dopirak (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R).
Portland (39-43) evened the score 1-1 in the top of the third when Jed Lowrie, making a Major League rehabilitation appearance for the Boston Red Sox, lined a two-out RBI double off Adrian Martin, scoring Matt Sheely (1-for-3, 2 R, BB, SB), who had walked and stolen second base.
The Fisher Cats reclaimed the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth against Lawson when, with two outs, David Cooper (2-for-4, RBI, R) singled, Emaus was hit by a pitch and Gorneault grounded a single to left, driving in Cooper.
That New Hampshire lead evaporated when Reddick (2-for-4, HR, 2B, BB, RBI, 2 R) ripped his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot off reliever Nate Starner in the top of the fifth, knotting the score 2-2.
The Fishers went ahead once again in the bottom of the fifth when Mastroianni walked, stole his second base of the game, and scored when Calderone (1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R) hit the first of three consecutive RBI doubles off Lawson. Dopirak and Cooper added run-scoring two-base hits, lifting New Hampshire to a 5-2 advantage.
Again, the Sea Dogs fought back to tie the game 5-5 by scoring three times in the top of the seventh. Sheely singled and Starner walked Reddick. Lewis came on in relief and allowed both inherited runs to score on RBI singles from Lowrie (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Jorge Jimenez (2-for-5, 2B, RBI). Lars Anderson (1-for-4, RBI) added a two-out RBI single.
Lewis settled down to retire six of his final seven hitters he faced.
The Fisher Cats open a three-game series against the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday night at Waterfront Park. New Hampshire sends left-hander Luis Perez (5-6, 3.28) to the mound at 7:05pm in his final start prior to the XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sunday, July 12. The Thunder counters with right-hander Kanekoa Texeira (6-4, 3.25). Radio coverage begins at 6:45pm with the BayRing Pre-Game Show on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network with Bob Lipman.
Following the Eastern League All-Star break, the Fisher Cats return to Merchantsauto.com Stadium on Thursday, July 16, to open a four-game series against the Northern Division-leading Connecticut Defenders at 7:05pm on Jewish Pride Night. An Atlas Fireworks Show follows the game. For tickets, visit www.nhfishercats.com or call (603) 641-2005.
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