MANCHESTER NH – Cole Garner collected three hits Sunday, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped the game 4-1 to the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The Fisher Cats (26-30) lost their fourth straight game and fifth in their last six outings, with manager Bobby Meacham and pitching coach Bob Stanley getting ejected in the seventh inning on a disputed home run call. The Flying Squirrels (28-26) continued their resurgence from a 3-17 start to the season, as they’ve now gone 25-9 over their last 34 games.
For the first time since Matt Boyd took the hill on Wednesday against the Bowie BaySox, the Fisher Cats were able to jump onto the board first. Dalton Pompey sped out of the batter’s box as he ran out an infield single to lead off the bottom of the first against Richmond starter Matt Lujan (W, 4-4). Pompey advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jorge Flores. Melky Mesa laced a well-placed single to right field that sent Pompey sprinting home and gave the Fisher Cats their only run of the game.
John Anderson cruised along smoothly for six whole innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Things got shaken up after Anderson allowed two runners to reach second and third before getting the next two outs quickly. Myles Schroder stepped up to the plate and hit a home run to left that was ruled to have hooked just fair by home plate umpire Doug Del Bello. The call was much to the distaste of Meacham and Stanley, leading to their ejections after several minutes of arguing. The inning gave Richmond a 3-1 lead.
The Flying Squirrels tacked on another run in the eighth as Engel Beltre homered off Scott Barnes to extend the margin to 4-1. Blake McFarland came in for a scoreless ninth, but the Fisher Cats were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth, striking out in order to end the game..
Anderson would be handed the loss despite allowing three runs and striking out three in 6 2/3 innings. Barnes allowed a run on one hit in his 1.1 innings, fanning one. McFarland gave up a walk but nothing else in a scoreless frame of relief.
Cole Garner was successful on the day, as he went 3-4 with two singles and a double. Despite the loss, the Fisher Cats were able to outhit Richmond 8-5 in the contest.
Pregame festivities included celebration of Law Enforcement Day at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The Fisher Cats have an off day tomorrow as they travel to Akron, Ohio to face the RubberDucks for a three game series. The Fisher Cats will return home on June 19th to face Binghamton at 7:05 p.m.Tickets are available for the Binghamton series at www.nhfishercats.com or by calling the ticket office at(603)-641-2005.
Matt Boyd will be on the hill to begin the series against Akron on the road on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Radio coverage will begin at 6:45 with Ben Gellman on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and atwww.nhfishercats.com.