In case the win on Independence Day wasn't enough, the whole three-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs was both fun and intense. The Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and for the entire series, the Red Sox sent three outfielders on injury rehab assignments - Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, and Ryan Sweeney. The Fisher Cats would go on to take two of the three games in that series, but the play on the field really wasn't the main story.
Ellsbury, Crawford, and Sweeney would each play in two of the three games, and the home fans came out in droves, not only to see the Major Leaguers of both today and tomorrow, but also to enjoy three nights of spectacular Atlas Fireworks and the All-American Buffet on July 4. Add all of those factors up, as well as picture-perfect weather, and you get a record-breaking three game attendance figure of 23,312 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The July 4th contest drew the largest crowd of the season, 8,544, and the fifth largest crowd in franchise history. The following two nights saw better than 7,000 fans as well, including the fourth-largest crowd of the season on July 6, with 7,687, to help break the three-game attendance mark.
As for the action on the field, after posting 11 runs in the 4th of July victory, Brad Glenn, John Tolisano, and Jack Murphy all homered as New Hampshire posted 11 more runs in game two. The Fisher Cats had the chance for the sweep in the series finale, but a late
It was certainly a holiday week to remember at the old ball yard.
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