Manchester, N.H. - Reese McGuire went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in his first game back at Double-A and Anthony Alford drove in a pair of runs as the Fisher Cats beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-3 to earn a split of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Richmond won the first game of the twin bill, 5-0.
McGuire snapped a 1-1 tie in the second inning of Game 2, launching a double to center field that scored Lourdes Gurriel from first base. The Flying Squirrels then scored twice in the third inning, including a run on an obstruction play, to even the score at 3-3. Alford would put New Hampshire on top for good in the bottom of the third inning with a double to center, scoring Richard Urena from first base. Urena would add an insurance run in the third with his third hit of the game. Sean Reid-Foley (8-9, 4.44) earned the win with yet another quality start.
The righty went six innings, giving up seven hits and only two earned runs. It's the fifth straight start in which Reid-Foley has tossed at least six innings. Carlos Ramirez (2-0, 0.00) worked around a couple of base hits for his third save. In the first game, Richmond's pitching staff combined to hold the Fisher Cats offense to just two hits. Matt Lujan (3-3, 5.36) went the first five innings and did not allow a runner past second base. Sam Coonrod and Seth Rosin each pitched a perfect inning of relief as the trio combined to retire the last 13 hitters in the ballgame.
The Flying Squirrels got all the offense they needed on two swings against newcomer Thomas Pannone (6-2, 3.01). After giving up a two-out walk, Pannone surrendered a two-run homer to Jerry Sands to put Richmond on top 2-0.
In the fourth, Pannone was victimized by a two-out walk again, as this time it was Daniel Carbonell who sent a three-run homer out to right field. Despite the home runs, Pannone struck out at least five batters for the 10th straight game.
The Fisher Cats have an off day Monday and will make their way out to Akron, OH for the start of a three-game series with the Rubberducks on Tuesday. New Hampshire will send Conner Greene (4-8, 4.87) to the mound in the first game of the series. There are only 10 chances left to see the Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium this season. New Hampshire returns home on August 15th for a six-game homestand featuring three Atlas Fireworks shows as well as our Kids Run the Show event on August 18th presented by TD Bank. Tickets are available at 603-641-2005 or at nhfishercats.com.
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