(Manchester, N.H.) - Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (4-4) tossed eight
scoreless innings and his battery-mate Christian Vazquez went 4-for-5,
aiding the Portland Sea Dogs (39-38) in a 5-1 win over the New
Hampshire Fisher Cats (39-41) on Friday night at Northeast Delta
Haeger scattered seven hits, six strikeouts and did not issue a walk
for the first time since a MLB Rehab start in 2010 with the Arizona
Dodgers. The righty threw 75 of 115 pitches for strikes, and earned
his first career win against New Hampshire.
Marcus Walden (5-8), who beat the Sea Dogs in three previous starts
this year, was saddled with the loss. Walden tossed seven innings on
eight hits and two runs.
The Sea Dogs cracked the ice with a two-spot against Walden in the
fourth. Michael Almanzar led off the frame with a single and advanced
to second base on a throwing error by the left fielder. After a
ground out, Vazquez nailed a run-scoring single to left field and
scored on a single by Heiker Meneses.
Meneses and Vazquez were the dynamic duo in the eighth inning.
Vazquez knocked home Almanzar with a run-scoring double. With two
outs, Meneses nailed an RBI single to center. Almanzar knocked in
Portland's final run with an RBI double in the eighth.
Clint Robinson homered in the ninth for New Hampshire's lone run.
Garin Cecchini went 1-for-3, double and two walks, and has reached
base safely in all six games with Portland.
Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Charlie Haeger (8 IP, 7 H, 6 SO)
The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their four-game
series on Saturday night from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Righty
Matt Barnes (4-4, 5.03) gets the start for Portland. New Hampshire
counters with righty Deck McGuire (4-7, 5.53)
Radio coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio
Network and via the Tune-In Radio app for smartphones and tablets.
The Sea Dogs return home on July 1st against the Trenton Thunder
(Yankees affiliate). Tickets are available by calling 207-879-9500 or