Fisher Cats, McGuire drop one to Portland
The Portland Sea Dogs got to New Hampshire starting pitcher Deck McGuire for four runs in the third inning on the way to a 5-2 win over the Fisher Cats on Friday night at Hadlock Field in Portland.
The Fisher Cats, who lost to the Sea Dogs 8-2 on Thursday night, dropped their third straight game overall.
New Hampshire and Portland have two games left in their first series of the season. They play today and Sunday, at 1 p.m. each day.
Right-hander Scott Copeland (3-3, 3.66 earned run average) starts for the Fisher Cats today and takes on righty Keith Couch (4-0, 2.45).
Portland second baseman Mookie Betts ran his on-base streak to 66 games overall, dating back to last season, with a walk in the fourth inning. He has reached safely in each of the 31 games he has played this year.
Betts led off the seventh inning with a single. He went 1-for-3 in the game and finished the night batting .392. He went into the game at .394.
McGuire gave up four runs and four hits over five and a third innings. He struck out three and walked four.
Brian Johnson allowed six hits over six innings to pick up the pitching win for Portland. He struck out eight and walked one. Noe Ramirez pitched three hitless innings for his second save.
The Sea Dogs opened the scoring with the four runs in the third inning. The first run scored on an error by shortstop Kevin Nolan. Travis Shaw knocked in the next with a single and Blake Swihart followed with a two-run double.
The Fisher Cats scored their two runs in the fourth inning. Brad Glenn, who had a leadoff walk, went to third on Mike Crouse’s double. Glenn scored on a wild pitch and Crouse came across on Nolan’s ground out.
New Hampshire, which had two hits in each of its last two games, had six on Friday. Designated hitter Gabe Jacobo had two of the hits, including a double.
Peter Hissey and Carlos Rivero each had two hits for Portland.