Diaz and big inning give Fisher Cats a win

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Yennsy Diaz/Christina Carrillo

PORTLAND, Maine – Yennsy Diaz allowed just one hit in seven innings as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats earned a 7-1 victory on Sunday.

Brett Netzer got that hit with two outs in the seventh, bringing in Marcus Wilson for Portland’s only run of the day.

New Hampshire got all they needed offensively in a six-run fourth. Joshua Palacios led off that inning with a leadoff homers, followed by a three-RBI triple from Brock Lundquist, an RBI double from Vinny Capra and an RBI single from Nash Knight.

Lundquist added a solo home run in the sixth as well, a strike that would put him in the two-hit club with Knight and Fisher Cats Catcher Andrew Sotillo.

Diaz struck out eight Portland batters on the way to finishing with an 11-9 record on the year.

The loser was Matthew Gorst. He ends the year 2-7 in Eastern League play, giving up three runs off three hits and two walks, leaving in the fourth before recording an out.

Corey Copping and Dany Jimenez each contributed an inning of hitless relief after the departure of Diaz.

The second concludes with a 1 p.m. Labor Day clash, with the loser clinching dead last in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Hector Perez (7-6, 4.60 ERA) takes the mound for New Hampshire against Portland lefthander Matthew Kent (5-7, 3.95 ERA).