Cats’ bats fall flat versus Portland

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Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on May 9, 2018

MANCHESTER, NH – Wednesday night marked the worst offensive performance of the year so far for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, falling 7-1 to the Portland Sea Dogs.

Portland would get all they needed in the second, with first baseman Josh Ockimey launching his third homer of the year to left, followed four batters later by an RBI double by Austin Rei that brought Chad De La Guerra across the plate.

New Hampshire left two men on in the fifth and would squander a golden opportunity in the sixth, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extended a certain double into failed triple, retiring the side.

The Sea Dogs added five insurance runs in the ninth off reliever Andrew Case, who entered in the ninth with two consecutive strikeouts followed by a string of five consecutive base runners culminating in a Cole Sturgeon three run home run.

Half an inning later, Jonathan Davis would put himself in scoring position with a double, eventually coming home for New Hampshire’s only run.

The home team’s four hit performance was by far their lowest of the season in that department, spurring the Fisher Cats’ first losing streak of the 2018 campaign.

Tony Renda led the way for the Sea Dogs, going 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI single during the ninth inning rally.  Ockimey and Rei also collected two hits on the night.

Mike Shawaryn (2-3) was outstanding for Portland, allowing just four Fisher Cat base runners in his seven innings of work. He ended the night with eight strikeouts, his highest total in six appearances to date this year with Portland.

Daniel McGrath earned his first save of the year, finishing off the eighth and ninth.

Jon Harris (1-3) resumed his role as the hard-luck loser on the Fisher Cats staff, largely limiting the Sea Dogs outside of that poor second inning.

He would scatter six hits in five innings of work, striking out one and walking two.

The Fisher Cats now travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the only time season to face the Harrisburg Senators.

Francisco Rios (0-2, 8.64 ERA) will seek to improve after two tough outings in Binghamton last week; he’ll take the mound against Harrisburg’s Jason Long (0-2, 4.74 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.