F-Cats defeated by Senators and weather

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Forrest Wall (credit – Andrew Sylvia)

HARRISBURG, Penn. –  The New Hampshire Fisher Cats might have pulled off a late comeback, but mother nature wasn’t supportive in that mission on Tuesday night.

In the first game of their six-game western swing, the Fisher Cats fell 8-4 to the Harrisburg Senators, with the game called in the middle of the seventh inning due to rain.

Harrisburg took two runs in the first, but New Hampshire halved that lead in the second thanks to Kevin Smith’s RBI double.

Two consecutive Senator hits brought the Harrisburg lead up to 4-1 in the fourth, but once again the Fisher Cats clawed back, evening things up in the fifth off Alberto Mineo’s fifth home run of the year.

Ian Sagdal’s three-run shot half an inning later put the Senators back ahead, and the Fisher Cats left the bases loaded in the sixth in what would be their last chance to get back into the game another time.

Luis Garcia gave Harrisburg its final run, coming home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.

Harrisburg’s winning pitcher was Jacob Condra-Bogan (2-1), providing three innings of relief, with three runs allowed off three hits and a walk.

Patrick Murphy was the loser (4-2), giving up seven runs off seven hits, walking four and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings of work.

At the plate, every Fisher Cat had at least one hit, with Forrest Wall providing two hits as well as two walks.  Wall now has a hit in nine consecutive games.

The series continues Wednesday night at FNB Field. LHP Zach Logue (3-3, 3.71 ERA) will go for New Hampshire while RHP Mario Sanchez (3-0, 1.04 ERA) gets the ball for Harrisburg.