BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
August 2, 2017 | New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Bowie Baysox 3 | Eastern League (AA)
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats came back from a three-run deficit to pull a 4-3 victory over the Bowie Baysox at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Wednesday in Manchester, New Hampshire.
While the ending was sweet, the beginning was nearly the opposite for the Fisher Cats. Through the first six innings, Bowie starter, Jordan Kipper, held New Hampshire to one batter over the minimum to go with his three run lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kipper got a groundout and walked Tim Lopes before Harold Ramirez and Lourdes Gurriel doubled in back-to-back at-bats. This cut Bowie’s lead to 3-2 and knocked Kipper out of the game. Scott McGough relieved Kipper and quickly recorded the final two outs, but McGough wasn’t strong enough in the eighth to protect the lead.
Alex Monsalve led off the Fisher Cats’ eighth with a single before being pinch ran for by Derrick Loveless. After a sac-bunt and a strikeout, Richard Urena drove in Loveless to tie the game while advancing to second on the throw. Lopes then followed it up with an RBI-double to give New Hampshire its first lead of the game.
Conner Greene, the Fisher Cats starter, like Kipper had a great start to his outing. However, in the fifth he struggled to record an out. Back-to-back singles started the Bowie fifth, then a sac-bunt led to Cedric Mullins 10th home run of the season to give the Baysox their 3-0 lead. Greene then loaded the bases with a single, double, and intentional walk before inducing Aderlin Rodriguez into a six-four-three double play.
Greene pitched a scoreless sixth before making way for Justin Shafer’s pair of scoreless innings and a one-hit ninth from Dusty Isaacs. Shafer earned his fourth win for his work and sits at 4-2, while Isaacs picks up his third save in the Eastern League.
The comeback gives New Hampshire a chance to tie the six-game season series with Bowie on Thursday. The Baysox, who lead the Western Division, took two of three back at home from the Fisher Cats.
Bowie Baysox (58-51) 000 030 000 –3 10 0
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (44-65) 000 000 22X – 4 7 0
8/1 Bowie 6, New Hampshire 0
8/2 New Hampshire 4, Bowie 3
8/3 Bowie at New Hampshire
Bowie Baysox (BAL)
#3 Ryan Mountcastle 1/4, R
#7 Austin Hays 1/4, 2B, K
#9 Anthony Santander 1/3, 2B, IBB
#19 D.J. Stewart 2/5, K
#26 Cedric Mulins 1/5, R, 3 RBI, HR
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR)
#3 Lourdes Gurriel 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI
#6 Richard Urena 1/4, R, RBI
#14 Harold Ramirez 2/3 2B, BB, K
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium sits on the Merrimack River in Manchester. It has one tier of seating wrapped around the field, but features a bar and restaurant over the left field fence. The newer looking ballpark holds 6,500 fans, near the median of the Eastern League.
The Fisher Cats held Camp Color Wars, hosting kids’ day camps from across the area. The kids camps helped New Hampshire report a crowd of 5,689. A few sections were soaked by a fire hose by local firemen in between the first four innings. All on field promotions featured the kids from the kids’ camps.
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