MANCHESTER, NH – Friday night was Harry Potter night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t find any magic, falling 12-1 to the visiting Harrisburg Senators.
In the second, Jake Noll gave Harrisburg its first run, reaching base on a single and then getting into scoring position with the game’s first steal. He’d head home from second on Alec Keller’s line drive to right, but Fisher Cat starter Jon Harris escaped further damage for the moment.
It didn’t take long for Harrisburg to build that lead, with four straight singles providing two more runs, followed by a first pitch blast by Noll toward the Hilton Garden Inn, bringing three more runs across the plate.
New Hampshire responded half an inning later with three straight hits of their own, concluding with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s RBI single to put the Fisher Cats on the board, but the momentum wouldn’t last long.
Harrisburg climbed into double digit hit territory in the fourth, beginning the inning with a pair of doubles and bringing their run tally up to seven.
The Senators’ eighth run came in the sixth with a solo home run to left by Osvaldo Abreu, and their ninth came with another solo home run in the seventh from Raudy Read.
Abreu added one more RBI on a double in the eighth and Zach Collier added a two-run homer to right in the ninth.
Abreu, Noll, Read and Keller joined Hunter Jones and Carter Kieboom in the multi-hit club. Conversely, New Hampshire only had five hits in total on the night.
Harris left after three innings, falling to 7-4 in 16 Eastern League starts this season. Sterling Sharp rose to 2-1, going seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
New Hampshire will look to rebound tomorrow, sending Jordan Romano (8-4, 3.84 ERA) out against Harrisburg’s Kyle McGowin (4-2, 3.75 ERA).