Fisher Cats get 1000th franchise win

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MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats recorded their 1,000th franchise victory on Sunday, defeating the Bowie Bay Sox, 7-5.

Bowie had a first-inning run for the second night in a row, but unlike Saturday, New Hampshire responded in the bottom of the first with runs of their own.

Those runs came off a Cavan Biggio double, bringing Jonathan Davis and Bo Bichette across the plate. New Hampshire might have obtained even more runs during the inning, but a sharp cut-off throw by centerfielder Anderson Feliz allowed the Bay Sox to nab Biggio as he tried to extend the double into a triple. Instead, the next run came in the third, courtesy of a Bo Bichette single to left.

The two teams both scored again in the first inning, beginning with an Aderlin Rodriguez solo home run toward the Hilton Garden Inn. The Fisher Cats responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs off five hits, helped by three stolen bases and Bowie’s second error of the day.

Rodriguez helped keep it close, sparking a three-run sixth inning rally. However, it wouldn’t be enough, as reliever Nick Hartman eventually stopped the bleeding, with Travis Bergin and Jose Fernandez allowing a combined two Bowie baserunners over the final three innings of the contest.

Justin Dillion (1-1) got the win, allowing five hits in five innings of work, facing three batters in the sixth before Hartman replaced him.

Jayson Aquino (3-3) didn’t escape the fourth inning onslaught, giving up ten of New Hampshire’s 14 hits on the day and all their runs, the first time he’s given up seven earned runs since July 25, 2016 against Hartford.

At the plate, Rodriguez, Corban Joseph and Anthony Santander obtained all of Bowie’s hits except one, while New Hampshire got multi-hit performance from Davis, Bichette, John Berti, Gunnar Heidt and Max Pentecost.

The four-hit day for Davis was his first of the season, and his two trips across the plate extends his league leading total to 53, six more than Binghamton’s Jeff McNeil. Bichette’s three-hit day was his fifth three-hit day of the season and second during this series against Bowie.

New Hampshire finishes this homestand against Western Division opponents with a 3-3 record, beginning a nine-game road trip against Western Division foes on Tuesday in Akron.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Jon Harris (3-3, 6.00 ERA) is the scheduled starter for New Hampshire, while Akron has not yet announced their projected starting pitcher.