MANCHESTER, N.H. - In his final start in August, Yohan Pino twirled seven magnificent innings to lead the Fisher Cats to a 7-0 win over the Portland Sea Dogs (66-70) on Wednesday night. Pino's fifth straight win this month improved the Fisher Cats to 6-1 on the homestand with the chance to take the series with Portland in their home finale on Thursday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Pino became the first Fisher Cat to reach ten wins, thanks in large part to a five-run second inning. With two on, Koby Clemens began the scoring in the frame with a two-run single to left field. Later in the inning, Ryan Goins, Mark Sobolewski, and Ryan Schimpf strung together three straight two-out hits to give New Hampshire (60-77) a 5-0 lead.
An inning later, the Fisher Cats were back at it against Portland starter Brandon Workman (L; 3-1). John Tolisano began the frame with a double, advancing to third on a passed ball. He then scored on an error for a 6-0 advantage.
With six runs to work with, Pino dazzled. He began the game by striking out the side in the first inning. He walked a batter in the second before putting two on in the third. He eventually retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced to end his outing. All told, the right-hander allowed just one runner to reach second base. He tied a career high with ten strikeouts, a feat he first pulled off with New Hampshire in 2011.
Pino (10-7) has won five consecutive starts dating back to August 7. During that run, he's given up just five runs in 31.0 innings, good for a 1.45 ERA. He is scheduled to make one more start in the season finale on Monday afternoon in New Britain.
Tolisano led the Fisher Cats offense with his second four-hit game of the season. Ryan Schimpf went 2-3 with a home run and two RBI. Clemens had two hits to raise his average to .295 with 10 RBI in August.
The Fisher Cats will go for the series victory in their final home game of the season on Thursday night. The game will feature post-game Atlas Fireworks on SUBWAY Fan Appreciation Night. The first 1,000 fans will receive a SUBWAY gift card worth anywhere between $1 and $100. To purchase tickets, visit www.nhfishercats.com, stop by the Fisher Cats ticket office, or call 603-641-2005.
LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.00) will start the home finale against Portland LHP Drake Britton (4-6, 3.66). Radio coverage begins at 6:15 PM with Tom Gauthier and Bob Lipman on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and www.nhfishercats.com.