Portland posts rout of Fisher Cats
MANCHESTER — The Sea Dogs apparently like leaving town.
They pounded four Fisher Cat pitchers for 17 hits and Anthony Ranaudo picked up his eighth win of the season, 13-5, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Sunday.
The Sea Dogs had their second-best offensive game of the season, second only to the 18 hits they put up in a 15-4 win against New Hampshire here on May 16. That was a getaway day, too.
The Sea Dogs fell to .500 for the first time since April 19 with a 5-4 loss in the series opener on Thursday night. They bounced back nicely with wins on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon for their first three-game win streak since late May.
The Fisher Cats fell to 39-43 and play at New Britain tonight.
Sunday's game was a bit of a mound mismatch. The Sea Dogs had Ranaudo, one of Boston's top prospects. The Fisher Cats had Matt Wright, a reliever making his second start of the season in place of Ryan Tepera, who was ill.
Travis Shaw had a towering grand slam in the sixth inning and five runs batted in overall. J.C. Linares came on in the fourth inning for Shannon Wilkerson, who tweaked his leg on the base paths, and had three hits. So did Ryan Dent out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order.
Tony Thomas knocked in four runs and Garin Cecchini, Michael Almanzar, Shaw and Matt Spring each had a pair of hits.
The prolific hitting helped Ranaudo. He struck out the first two batters and the last two batters he faced.
In between, he worked hard for the win. He allowed a season-high nine hits and the five earned runs he gave up were second to the seven he allowed to Erie on June 4.
"It's going to happen," Ranaudo said. "You're not going out there and have your best stuff every time. It's a crazy game. You've just got to keep on an even keel and not get too high or too low."
The Sea Dogs scored at least two runs in four of the first five innings, highlighted by a six-run fourth inning that featured Shaw's towering grand slam to right field. All the runs were unearned in the inning because of a of a Fisher Cat error to open the inning.
The Sea Dogs had not scored in the first inning in the previous three games of the series. They got a pair of runs with two outs in the first on Sunday.
Kevin Ahrens hit a two-run home run and New Hampshire came up with three runs total off Ranaudo to take the lead in the second.
Portland responded with two runs, including a Peter Hissey homer to right field, in the third and then exploded for the six in the fourth to go in front 10-3.