Fishers, Rock Cats split twinbill shutouts
ew Britain right-hander Trevor May stifled the Fisher Cats on the way to a 5-0 seven-inning shutout on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Fisher Cat righty Ryan Tepera matched him in the second game en route to a 3-0 shutout and a split of the doubleheader. The victory in the nightcap snapped a three-game Fisher Cat losing streak and improved their record to 9-11 overall.
New Britain is a half a game ahead of the Fisher Cats in the standings at 9-10.
Tepera gave up one hit, a two-out triple in the fifth inning, in his six innings of worked. He struck out two and walked one and is now 3-0.
Closer Chad Beck allowed a single and struck out two in the seventh inning to earn his fifth save.
The Rock Cats got the tying run to the plate in the seventh. Beck struck out the first batter, but Jason Christian singled and Danny Lehman walked. Beck struck out Jonathan Goncalves and got Antoan Richardson to ground out to end the game.
A Jack Murphy double to left field with two outs drove in the only run Tepera and Beck would need.
Just prior to Murphy's run-scoring hit, the Fisher Cats had a runner thrown out at the plate.
Brian Van Kirk led off the inning with a single and John Tolisano sacrificed him to second with a bunt. Kevin Ahrens singled to right field and Goncalves threw Van Kirk out at home. Murphy then knocked in Ahrens.
The Fisher Cats got a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when Kevin Pillar, who had singled, scored on an error and Ryan Schimpf delivered his fifth home run of the year.
The teams close out the three-game series Thursday morning at 10:30.
In Wednesday's first game, May allowed three hits, struck out four, walked three and evened his record at 1-1.
Three Fisher Cat pitchers allowed a total of eight hits.
The Rock Cats jumped in front in the top of the second inning. Dan Rohlfing worked a two-out walk from starter Tyson Brummett and Goncalves followed with a two-run home run.
New Britain picked up a couple more runs in the top of the fourth, despite Brummett striking out the side. Daniel Ortiz walked to lead off the inning and scored on Reynaldo Rodriguez's triple to center. Rodriguez scored on Richardson single to center.
Brummett allowed six hits and the four earned runs in his four innings and his record fell to 0-2. He struck out five and walked three.
Tommmy Hottovy pitched a couple of hitless relief innings for the Fisher Cats.
The Rock Cats got to Trystan Magnuson for a couple of hits and a run in the top of the seventh.
Fisher Cat Adam Loewen had a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh, but May got a strikeout and a pop fly to leave him stranded and finish the shutout.
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Righty Marcus Walden looks for his first win of the season when New Hampshire opens open a seven-game roadtrip in Reading on Friday night. Walden is 0-3 with a 3.98 era. . . . The Fisher Cats play three games in Reading and then move on to four in Trenton.