Late rally not enough to take S-Dogs over F-Cats

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the second straight day, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats achieved victory over archrival Portland, with Wednesday’s victory coming with a score of 4-3.

New Hampshire’s first run came in the bottom of the fourth as Philip Clarke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, evening things up at one run a piece. New Hampshire would take the lead later in the inning on a bases loaded walk of L.J. Talley.

Cam Eden’s two-run RBI double, his first ever hit at the Double-A level, brought Talley and Will Robertson across the plate to make it a 4-1 Fisher Cats lead.

Portland made things difficult in the top of the ninth as Christian Koss’ two-out triple set him in place to score off a Hudson Potts double. Kole Cottam would single Potts home on the next at-bat, but that would be it for the Sea Dogs as Jake Elliott needed only three pitches to strike out Brandon Howlett at the next at-bat, finishing the contest.

Elliott earned his second save of the year for retiring the Sea Dogs in the ninth and Andrew Bash (2-1) was the winner for his 11 outs of early relief, giving up a run off four hits and striking out four.

New Hampshire finished with six hits on the day, with Tanner Morris collecting two of them, including a double to go along with Eden’s.

Game 3 of the series is set to start at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday. Brady Lail (1-2, 5.52 ERA) is set to open things on the mound for New Hampshire against a Portland starter yet to be named.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.