Fisher Cats undergo home sweep in Portland

Jimmy Robbins/Photo courtesy of Kevin Pataky, MLB

Manchester, NH – The struggles at Delta Dental Stadium continued Sunday afternoon, as the Fisher Cats (21-36, 52-74) lost, 5-0, to the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox, 36-21, 66 -60). The loss closed the book on the second straight sweep New Hampshire suffered at home.

The highlight of the game for the Fisher Cats came in the top of the seventh, when New Hampshire was only inches away from its third triple play in team history.

With runners at second and third and no outs, Portland’s Ceddanne Rafaela hit a pitch to shortstop Orelvis Martinez with the infield. Martinez threw home for catcher Phil Clarke, who fired Wilyer Abreu at third base. Clarke threw to third baseman Sebastian Espino, who applied the tag for the first out.

Rafaela turned away from the first goal and went to the second. Espino threw to second baseman Davis Schneider, who caught Rafaela in another preview. Schneider turned to first baseman Karl Ellison, who made the second out with the tag.

Portland catcher Elih Marrero, who started the game at second base, came home and Ellison threw to pitcher Jake Elliott at home plate. Marrero was deemed safe in extremely close play and extended the Sea Dogs’ lead to 5-0.

Just like they did on Saturday, Portland hit two home runs early to get past. Rafaela had a solo shot in the first set and Christian Koss had a two-point blast in the second. The two beat New Hampshire starter Jimmy Robbins (L, 0-2).

Robbins finished with 5.0 innings and three earned runs on his last stat line. He walked a batter and struck out four, including two in the first inning. Robbins’ Double-A ERA is 2.84 over three starts.

At plate, New Hampshire had five hits but couldn’t score. Sunday was their ninth shutout loss of the season.

John Aiello scored twice in his first game since August 23. Orelvis Martinez had two hits in his 18th multi-hit game of the season.