HARTFORD, CT - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats combined timely hitting with costly mistakes by the Hartford Yard Goats to take down their Eastern League foe 11-7 Friday night at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford.
The scoring started in the first. Emilio Guerrero delivered a two out, two RBI single that plated Richard Urena and Anthony Alford to give the Fisher Cats a 2-0 lead. That advantage lasted less than a half inning, as top Rockies prospect Ryan McMahon tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame.
New Hampshire retook the lead in the second. Gunnar Heidt worked a lead-off walk and Reese McGuire's bunt attempt was thrown into centerfield by the Hartford catcher - who was trying to eliminate the lead runner - to put two men on with no outs. After a Jonathan Davis sacrifice bunt, up stepped Roemon Fields, who hit a sharp ground ball towards first that was misplayed and allowed a run to score. Urena lifted a sacrifice fly two batters later, scoring McGuire to make it 4-2.
Two Fisher Cat errors contributed to a game-tying rally for the Yard Goats in the bottom of the third, but New Hampshire took the lead for good in the top of the fourth. The first four batters of the frame reached base - highlighted by a Fields double that scored two - and the Fisher Cats plated a total of four runs to go up 8-4.
New Hampshire starter Francisco Rios (W, 2-0) went a season-high 5.1 innings while allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on six hits.
While Hartford managed to score three more runs in the final five frames, the Fisher Cats held them off thanks in part to back-to-back home runs from McGuire and Fields in the seventh and effective relief from Chris Rowley and Luis Santos. The latter pitched a perfect ninth to solidify the 11-7 triumph.
New Hampshire tallied a season high in runs (11), just the second time the team has scored in the double digits since July 2 of last season. With the win, the Fisher Cats (4-4) have extended their winning streak to three games.
The series concludes Saturday night at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford. RHP Jon Harris will oppose LHP Luis Niebla, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.
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