Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (22-17) held the Portland Sea Dogs (18-19) to three hits in a 3-0 shutout win of Portland on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field in front of 4,837 fans. Portland has dropped three straight and have been shutout three times in the last six games.

Portland started the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back singles (RF Bubba Bell & C Mark Wagner) off winning pitcher LHP Luis Perez (3-4) but their only other hit was Bell’s single in the eighth inning. Perez worked 5.1 scoreless frames on two hits, five walks and three strikeouts. RHP Bubbie Buzachero hurled 2.2 scoreless innings and LHP Edgar Estanga pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.

RHP Ryne Lawson (0-2) took his second straight loss, yielding three runs (two earned) on five hits in 5.2 IP. RHP Chad Rhoades and RHP T.J. Large combined for 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one baserunner (C Brian Jeroloman walk in the ninth) for the Sea Dogs.

The Fisher Cats scored the game’s first run on a passed ball by C Mark Wagner in the third inning. SS Luis Sanchez, who scored the run, laced a run-scoring double in the fifth inning with two outs, giving the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead. The visitors added the final run in the sixth inning on 1B Brian Dopirak’s RBI double to the gap in left-center field.

Portland’s best scoring opportunity came in the first inning off Perez. Bell and Wagner began the frame with singles and advanced 90 feet on a ground out by 1B Lars Anderson. LF Aaron Bates walked, CF Ryan Kalish popped out and DH Jon Still hit into a fielder’s choice.

Portland and New Hampshire play game two of their series on Wednesday night beginning at 6:00 from Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs send RHP Jarod Plummer (1-1, 5.96) to the hill against New Hampshire LHP Marc Rzepczynski (6-2, 2.93). Catch all the action on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 5:35 PM with the CorrectDeck Pre-Game. Tickets for Sea Dogs Baseball can be purchased at or by calling (207) 879-9500.

Notes…Large lowered his ERA to 0.98, the best among Portland relievers…New Hampshire picked up their 6th shutout of the year…Portland is 4 for their last 35 (.114) with runners-in-scoring position…CF Ryan Kalish went 0-for-4 in his Hadlock Field debut.



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