Trailing 3-0 in the seventh inning, the Fisher Cats rallied for a dramatic victory
Tim Lopes had the game-winning hit, an RBI double in the eighth inning. (Dave Schofield)
By Ben Altsher / New Hampshire Fisher Cats | August 2, 2017 3:04 PM ET
Manchester, NH - The Fisher Cats scored two runs in the 7th and two more in the 8th to rally back and beat the Bowie Baysox 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Justin Shafer (4-2, 3.88 ERA) picked up the win in relief and Dusty Isaacs recorded his third save after Conner Greene went the first six innings, allowing just three runs. Greene was sharp early, yielding just two base hits over his first four innings of work. However, Bowie's league-leading offense was not to be denied.
After Ryan Mountcastle and Stephen Wilkinson singled to lead off the 5th inning, Cedric Mullins launched his 10th home run of the year over the right field wall to give the Baysox a 3-0 lead. Bowie would go on to load the bases later in the 5th before Greene got a double play from Aderlin Rodriguez to keep the Fisher Cats within striking distance.
That play would prove pivotal later as Lourdes Gurriel got the scoring started for the Fisher Cats in the 7th with a one-out double off Jordan Kipper (2-1, 2.40 ERA) driving in Tim Lopes and Harold Ramirez to cut the Baysox lead to 3-2. That double would also knock Kipper from the game after he held New Hampshire to just two hits over the first six innings..
The comeback continued in the 8th inning against reliever Scott McGough (1-1, 2.79 ERA) as Alex Monsalve led off the inning with a single. Matt Dean would drop down a sacrifice bunt to move Monsalve to second base where Derrick Loveless would replace him as a pinch runner.
After a Jonathan Davis strikeout, Richard Urena came up with a clutch two-out single to score Loveless and tie the game at 3-3. Lopes would follow that with a double down the right field line to give New Hampshire the lead and the eventual victory. Shafer recorded shutout innings in the 8th and 9th to grab the win in relief. Stephen Wilkinson singled off Isaacs in the 9th to put the tying run on base, but the righty navigated his way through the rest of the frame for his third save.
The three-game series with the Baysox wraps up tomorrow night. New Hampshire sends Ryan Borucki (0-1, 0.64 ERA) to the mound. The newcomer has allowed just one run in 14 innings over his first two Double-A starts. Fans can enjoy live music and Atlas Fireworks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Harry Potter Day on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. For tickets and information, visit NHFisherCats.com
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