Rock Cats Knocked Around in Front of 6,441, Lose 9-3
New Britain, CT - The New Britain Rock Cats were defeated 9-3 by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in front of 6,441 fans at New Britain Stadium on Thursday evening, the 12th capacity crowd of the season.
New Hampshire picked up a run in the top of the second inning off of starter RHP Trevor May. C A.J. Jimenez knocked in SS Kevin Nolan with a double to center to put the visitors up early.
The Fisher Cats doubled their lead the following inning when 3B Andy Burns hit a two out solo home run. The ball just barely cleared the wall in right, bouncing off the roof of the batting cage and coming back onto the field.
The Cats appeared to have tied up the ballgame in the fourth when 3B Miguel Sano sent a shot to deep left-center with a runner on first, but LF Ryan Schimpf hauled it in just before it reached the wall.
Jimenez drove in two more Fisher Cats in the top of the sixth to make it a 4-0 game in the visitor's favor. The catcher sent a liner out to center, just out of the reach of a diving CF Jordan Parraz, allowing both 1B Gabe Jacobo and Nolan to come home.
New Hampshire poured it on in the seventh, putting five runs up against reliever LHP Blake Martin. Jacobo started the scoring when he slapped a double in the left field corner to bring in Burns, who singled to lead off the frame. Three batters later, Jacobo came home on an RBI single and then Schimpf launched a three-run home run, his 20th of the season, to make it 9-0.
New Britain broke up the shutout in the bottom of the eighth, getting RBI singles from Parraz, 1B Nate Hanson and LF Daniel Ortiz. The three runs came against RHP Dayton Marze, who was making his Eastern League debut for the Toronto affiliate.
New Hampshire starter RHP Chad Jenkins had a strong showing - going 4 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out three and walking none. Reliever Chorye Spoone recorded the win in his 2 2/3 innings of work, improving his record to 4-3.
May was touched for four runs, all earned, on ten hits over 5 2/3 innings of work. He struck out nine while walking just one. His record drops to 7-9.
The Rock Cats will begin a three-game road trip up in Binghamton, NY to take on the Mets. RHP Cole DeVries gets the start for New Britain in his Major League rehab assignment. He will face off against RHP Noah Syndergaard starting at 7:05 PM.
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