Fisher Cats Ground Flying Squirrels With Shutout Win
Double-digit hits back up superb effort from Sparkman, bullpen
By Tyler Zickel / New Hampshire Fisher Cats | June 13, 2017 10:48 PM ET
Richmond, VA - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-0 Tuesday night at The Diamond, grounding the San Francisco Giants affiliate in game one of a three-game midweek series.
New Hampshire struck first in the opening frame. Jonathan Davis worked a lead-off walk, stole second and scored on an RBI double off the bat of Danny Jansen. After Ryan McBroom reached on an error, Harold Ramirez plated Jansen with a single to left field to give the 'Cats a 2-0 advantage.
The Fisher Cats added to their lead with a three-run third. Tim Lopes singled with one out, advanced to second on a Gunnar Heidt single and scored when Andrew Guillotte lined a base hit to left. Derrick Loveless followed with a ground ball up the middle that ricocheted off the second base bag and into shallow left field, plating a pair to put New Hampshire up 5-0.
Five runs proved to be plenty for the New Hampshire pitching staff. Glenn Sparkman was superb in his second Double-A start for the Fisher Cats, twirling five shutout innings in which he allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out five.
Justin Shafer, Tim Mayza and Andrew Case took care of the final four frames to keep Richmond off the scoreboard and secure the 5-0 victory for the Fisher Cats.
Tuesday's shutout was the second time this season the 'Cats have blanked their opponent.
The series continues Wednesday night in Richmond. Conner Greene (2-5, 3.80 ERA) will go for New Hampshire and Cory Taylor (2-5, 4.80 ERA) gets the nod for the Flying Squirrels. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and can be heard locally on AM 610 WGIR or online via iHeartRadio.
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