MANCHESTER, NH – T.J Zeuch got his first taste of the Eastern League on Tuesday night, but it turned out to be a bitter taste compared to the Florida State League.
Just hours after being announced as the newest member of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Zeuch was saddled with the loss in New Hampshire 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Portland Sea Dogs.
Zeuch, coming off a 3-3 record in Advanced Class-A Dunedin so far this year after being selected as the 21st overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, was on the mound for all five of Portland’s runs. Those runs came in a fourth inning rally that saw the Sea Dogs bat around the order and at one point saw six consecutive batters reach base safely.
Zeuch would not return for the fifth, with the vaunted Fisher Cat offense only able to scratch out individual runs in the fourth, seventh and ninth respectively.
Harold Ramirez and Patrick Cantwell ended the day 2-for-4 at the plate while Danny Mars, Luke Tendler and Jeremy Rivera each grabbed two hits a piece for the Red Sox’ Double-A affiliate.
Portland starting pitcher Travis Lakins would leave after just 45 pitches, with Teddy Stankiewicz (2-4) earning the win in relief. Stankiewicz pitched 5 2/3 innings after the departure of Lakins, allowing all three runs off five hits and two walks, although only one run was earned.
Former catcher and first baseman Jordan Weems earned his first Eastern League save, recording the final out. The save comes almost two years to the day after Weems was demoted from Portland, restarting his career as a pitcher.
New Hampshire sends out Jon Harris (1-2, 7.50 ERA) in the series finale against Portland on Wednesday night against the Sea Dogs’ Mike Shawaryn (1-3, 3.62 ERA).