Devers’ Two Dingers Send Fisher Cats to Defeat

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Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers

Portland’s Rafael Devers became a 2017 Eastern League All-Star on Wednesday afternoon and a few hours later, he completely justified that decision.

Devers’ two home runs helped power the Portland Sea Dogs to a 5-1 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday evening in Portland.

Devers ended the day 3-for-4 with four RBIs, adding an RBI single in the third to his pair of homers.

Jordan Procyshen added two hits to the Sea Dogs attack, with Travis Longhi and Michael Chavis also finishing with an RBI apiece.

New Hampshire was limited to just five hits, with Ryan McBroom bringing home Richard Urena in the seventh to bring home the Fisher Cats’ only run.

Sean Reid-Foley (4-6) gave up eight of Portland’s 10 hits during his six innings of work, giving up four of Portland’s five runs with six strikeouts and a pair of walks on his way to the loss.

Winning pitcher Kevin McAvoy (3-5) also went six innings, striking out six batters for the third straight outing.

In addition to Devers, pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz and outfielder Danny Mars also earned sports on the Eastern Division All-Star team for Portland. McBroom joins New Hampshire’s other four selections to the team: pitchers Conner Green and Dusty Issacs, catcher Danny Jansen, infielder Gunnar Heidt.

New Hampshire’s coaching staff, led by manager Gary Allenson, will also be in the dugout during the Eastern League’s All-Star Classic on July 12 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

In the meantime, the Fisher Cats and Sea Dogs conclude their series on Thursday night. Jon Harris (2-8, 6.47 ERA) takes the mound for New Hampshire against Stankiewicz (2-3, 4.42 ERA).

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.