PORTLAND, MAINE – The Portland Sea Dogs currently hold the cellar in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats certainly are looking like they may be the new cellar-dwellers soon.
A six-run fifth inning proved pivotal on Monday as the Sea Dogs posted an 8-4 win over New Hampshire, taking the first game of the two teams’ three-game series.
New Hampshire scored first, with Santiago Espinal’s double bringing Forrest Wall home in the first. That lead would be short-lived as Jeremy Rivera and C.J. Chatham each contributed solo home runs for Portland in the third and fourth innings respectively, but New Hampshire did manage to tie things up in the top of the fifth.
Shortly after that though, the deluge started.
New Hampshire’s Zach Logue opened up the fifth with a pair of walks, followed by a sacrifice bunt to move those runners into scoring position. Jarren Duran took advantage of the situation, sending a line drive to left that brought both runners home.
Chatham followed that hit with a double that put Duran at third and a fielding error let Duran come across the plate, enough damage to force Logue out of the game. Luke Tendler’s double provided the inning with its other three runs, the last Portland would score.
However, that would be enough as the Fisher Cats added two more runs, highlighted by Chad Spanberger’s one-run dinger in the ninth.
Logue (3-4) gave up more earned runs in the loss than he had during his last four starts, lasting 4 1/3 innings with six hits, seven earned runs and two walks against two strikeouts.
The win went to Matthew Kent (3-2), as went seven innings for the second straight start, giving him his first win since April 29.
At the plate, Kevin Smith and Santiago Espinal each contributed two hits apiece in the loss.
On Tuesday, the Fisher Cats sent out Jon Harris (1-1, 4.50 ERA) against Portland’s Tanner Houck (7-4, 4.02 ERA)