Breaking bad: Fishers fall in 1st-half finale
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats entered the all-star break on a down note.
Mike Augliera earned his first win since May 18 and Heiker Meneses belted a solo homer to lead host Portland past the Fisher Cats 6-2 Monday before 6,552 fans at Hadlock Field in the final game before the Eastern League All-Star break.
New Hampshire (44-52) dropped four of five games in the series to the Eastern Division-leading Sea Dogs (63-34). New Hampshire is in fourth place, 18½ games behind Portland and 13½ games behind Binghamton for the second playoff berth in the division.
Augliera (4-8) pitched into the eighth inning. The righty allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings, giving up six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Robby Scott and Noe Ramirez recorded the final four outs for Portland, now 33-14 at home.
Portland took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Jonathan Roof singled home Michael Almanzar. Later in the inning Roof scored on a ground out by Danny Bethea.
In the third inning, New Hampshire cut its deficit to 2-1 when Andy Fermin homered to right field. The Sea Dogs got the run back in the home third when Almanzar singled home Peter Hissey.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Almanzar doubled home Blake Swihart for a 4-1 Portland lead.
Matt Newman of New Hampshire, who had two hits, doubled in the sixth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Andy Burns.
Portland answered in the home sixth when Meneses homered to left.
In the home eighth, Roof scored on a single to right by Ryan Dent to complete the scoring for Portland, which enters the break with the best record in the circuit.
Casey Lawrence (6-5) suffered the loss. In five innings, he allowed seven hits and four earned runs. He walked two and fanned six.
Lawrence entered the game having not allowed an earned run since May 23 against Portland, a span of 30 1/3 innings.
Reliever Scott Gracey allowed the last two runs in the defeat.
The Fisher Cats return home to begin an eight-game homestand after the All-Star break on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m., the first of a four-game series against Portland. Trenton will arrive in Manchester on Monday for another four-game series.
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Infielder Jon Berti, relief pitcher Randy Boone and reliever Dustin Antolin will represent New Hampshire in Wednesday’s Double-A all-star game in Altoona, Pa.
Boone was voted in by the fans, one of 12 Eastern Division players voted in.
Portland will send pitchers Brian Johnson and Henry Owens, catcher Blake Swihart, infielder Sean Coyle and outfielder Derrik Gibson.