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Power outage continues for Fisher Cats
Fisher Cats catcher Jack Murphy tags out New Britain Rock Cats' Dan Rohlfing during Thursday's game in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Dan Rohlfing led a 12-hit attack with three and winning pitcher Alex Meyer allowed one run and fanned seven in six innings as New Britain defeated New Hampshire 4-1 Thursday in an Eastern League contest at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium before 3,697 fans.
The loss capped a 2-5 homestand for the Fisher Cats (9-12), who have dropped eight of their last 11 games and find themselves in last place in the Eastern Division. New Hampshire departed Manchester Thursday for a seven-game road trip. The Fisher Cats begin a three-game series Friday against Reading and start a four-game series on Monday against Trenton.
New Hampshire returns home on Friday, May 3 to face the Fightin' Phils and, maybe by then, Gary Allenson's team will have solved its recent offensive slump.
During their homestand against Binghamton and New Britain, the Fisher Cats were outscored, 33-14. New Hampshire had 30 hits in four games against the Mets, but scored 10 runs and stranded 32 runners. They had 22 hits in three games against the Rock Cats, but stranded 20 runners and scored just four runs.
New Hampshire has lost its last three series and hasn't won two straight games since beating Reading and Trenton at home on April 7-8.
The Fisher Cats took a 1-0 lead Thursday in the fourth inning when Ricardo Nanita (three hits) singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Jack Murphy.
New Britain tied it in the fifth inning when Rohlfing reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single from Antoan Richardson.
Former New Hampshire infielder Mark Sobolewski drove in the eventual winning run in the seventh inning with a single. A throwing error led to another run in that frame. Rohlfing singled home the last run in the eighth inning.
New Hampshire collected 12 hits Thursday and stranded 11 runners.
Meyer (2-0) worked the first six innings, allowing one walk and eight hits. Aaron Thompson threw two scoreless innings in relief and Michael Tonkin earned his third save in the ninth inning.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-3) of New Hampshire took the loss as he allowed 10 hits and three runs (two earned). He didn't walk anyone and fanned a season-high seven batters. Along with relievers Evan Crawford and Joel Carreno, the Fisher Cats combined to whiff 10 batters.
The Fisher Cats will send righty Marcus Walden (0-3, 3.98) to the hill Friday against lefthander Tom Cochran (0-1, 6.23).