Harris, Biggio and Kelly’s performances too much for Altoona

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Jon Harris earlier this season (Fisher Cats promotional photo)

ALTOONA, Penn. – Jon Harris delivered another strong performance for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, spearheading a 9-1 victory over the Altoona Curve.

The defending Eastern League champions could only muster five hits in Harris’ six-inning performance, getting their only run in the fifth off Will Craig’s second homer of the series and fifth homer in six games.

New Hampshire equaled that amount after just three batters, with Jonathan Davis giving the Fisher Cats their first run, his league leading 56th of the season.

Davis ended the night 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI, including an RBI in the Fisher Cats’ breakout fourth inning, where they brought six runs across the plate.

That ultimately would be enough for the victory, but the visitors added late insurance runs in the eighth, with Davis bringing in Juan Kelly on a sacrifice fly, and in the ninth as Cavan Biggio took a first-pitch from the heart of the strike zone deep into the western Pennsylvania night.

Kelly also added a homer earlier in the contest, joining Davis and Harold Ramirez with a pair of hits while Andrew Guillotte led the way with a 3-for-4 night to help New Hampshire avoid the sweep.

Cole Tucker and Jordan George each had two hits for the Curve.

Harris climbs to 5-3 with the win while Altoona starting pitcher Eduardo Vera falls to 1-1. Vera left after 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs off eight hits, by far his worst Double-A performance since promotion late last month.

New Hampshire now heads up to Erie for a three-game set against the SeaWolves, Detroit’s Double-A affiliate.

Erie’s Beau Burrows (5-5, 3.34 ERA) takes on a New Hampshire starter to be announced. Set to begin at 7:05 p.m., the game is the only one on the Eastern League slate on Monday.

This article used information from the Eastern League.