Paxton’s pitching gem spoiled by lack of F-Cat offense

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Paxton Schultz. Photo/Cindy Lavigne

MANCHESTER, N.H. – An eighth-inning rally wasn’t enough as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell 3-2 to the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Wednesday night.

New Hampshire only had four hits on the night, with two coming during the rally. The first was a two-out Trevor Schwecke groundball single that followed up Will Robertson’s walk. Sebastian Espino then reached on a fielding error to load the bases and Rafael Lantigua brought Robertson and Schwecke home on another groundball single.

Zach Britton was called out on strikes after Lantigua’s hit, and the Fisher Cats would strand a runner in scoring position in the ninth, finishing off their second loss in a row.

Neither team managed a run over the first six innings of the contest, with New Hampshire starting pitcher Paxton Schultz scattering four hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out nine Richmond batters.

Parker Caracci was saddled with the loss, falling to 2-4 on the year. Caracci allowed an RBI double to Franklin Labour.

Caracci left after the end of the seventh, and Jake Elliot went the rest of the way, allowing the other two runs off a Brett Auerbach homer in the eighth.

New Hampshire is now 44-54 on the year.

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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.