BOWIE, MD - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) were swept by the Bowie Baysox (Orioles) for the first time since 2012 after a 9-4 loss Thursday at Prince George's Stadium.
Bowie scored in the first for the third consecutive game. Back-to-back singles started the frame before consecutive two-out base hits brought home a pair to make it 2-0.
Yusniel Diaz launched a three-run home run to left field with two men on and two outs in the second for a 5-0 Baysox advantage.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth, Ademar Rifaela tripled to dead centerfield to put the Orioles affiliate up 8-0 through four innings.
New Hampshire was kept off the bases for 31 at-bats (from the final out of the fourth inning yesterday) until Chad Spanberger singled to start the fifth.
The 'Cats spoiled the shutout in the seventh. Santiago Espinal singled to start the stanza, but the next two hitters went down by way of the K. Josh Palacios prolonged the inning with a knock of his own to bring up the former Maryland Terp Kevin Smith, who crushed his team-best seventh home run of the season to plate three and bring the Fisher Cats within five runs.
Bowie and New Hampshire scored single runs in the eighth and ninth, respectively, for an eventual final score of 9-4.
- Jake Fishman pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. He retired the first six batters he faced.
- Kevin Smith finished the series with four extra base hits: two doubles, a triple and a home run. His performance tonight was the only multihit effort for a 'Cat in the series.
New Hampshire travels to Richmond to take on the Flying Squirrels (Giants) Friday night at The Diamond. LHP Zach Logue (3-3, 3.31 ERA) goes for the 'Cats while the Squirrels have tabbed RHP Caleb Baragar (2-0, 2.45 ERA) as their starter. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. and continues with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network.
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