Portland, Maine- Sean Reid-Foley set the tone with six scoreless innings and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (33-50) shutout the Sea Dogs (37-42) 4-0 in front of a sellout crowd on Independence Day at Hadlock Field.
Reid-Foley (5-6) allowed just three hits while walking three and striking out one.
Henry Owens (0-1) made his first Eastern League start since July 29th, 2014, and struggled while trying to pitch from a new three-quarters arm slot. Owens walked six and allowed three runs on no hits in two-thirds of an inning. He threw 42 pitches (15 strikes) before being removed from the game.
Ryan McBroom drove in the game's first run with a bases loaded sac fly off of Owens in the first. Gunnar Heidt and Matt Dean each worked RBI walks later in the inning to put New Hampshire ahead 3-0 early.
Jake Drehoff, Luis Ysla, and Bobby Poyner combined to pitch the remaining 8.1 innings and allowed just one run on two hits. Portland pitchers walked a season-high 12 in the ballgame.
The shutout is the third by the Fisher Cats this season and the eighth time the Sea Dogs have been shutout.
The teams face off again tomorrow night, first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Hadlock Field. RHP Kevin McAvoy (3-5, 5.03) is scheduled to start for Portland against RHP Jon Harris (3-8, 6.01) of New Hampshire. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at SeaDogs.com or by phone at 879-9500. Pregame coverage begins live on the WPEI US Cellular Sea Dogs' Radio Network at 6:45 PM.
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