Diaz spoils Pearson’s debut

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Yennsy Diaz (credit – Christina Carrillo)

PORTLAND, Maine – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have now lost four straight games, falling 4-2 to the Portland Sea Dogs on a rainy Tuesday night.

New Hampshire held a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth following RBI singles from Chad Spanberger and Alberto Mineo in the second and sixth, respectively. However, that lead evaporated after the departure of newly promoted pitching prospect Nate Pearson.

Yennsy Diaz, who up until this point held a spot in the Fisher Cats’ starting rotation, entered in the bottom of the sixth and immediately allowed three consecutive baserunners. Before the end of the inning, Diaz allowed three runs, squandering another in the seventh after allowing another three hits to Portland batters.

Meanwhile, Portland relievers Andrew Schwaab and Jordan Weems kept New Hampshire hitless the rest of the way, with Weems getting his second save of the year after a perfect ninth.

Pearson gave up just two hits in his Double-A debut, and was in line for the win until the blown lead from Diaz.

Now 2-3 on the year, Diaz gave up six hits and two walks in his three-inning relief appearance.

Spanberger had another hit outside of his RBI single, accounting for half of New Hampshire’s total on the night.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., New Hampshire’s Andrew Sopko (2-2, 2.73 ERA) seeks to stop the slide against Portland’s Denyi Reyes (0-4, 7.03 ERA)