Manchester, New Hampshire– After a four-day All-Star break, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (7-12, 38-50) returned home to Delta Dental Stadium on Friday for a three-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox, 14 – 5, 44-44). A first home run from Addison Barger wasn’t enough, as Portland’s 18 hits cemented New Hampshire’s 8-5 loss.
Barger was hit .455 (10 for 22) in his first Double-A series last week at Reading, and he smashed a two-hit bomb on the right field wall in his first at-bat at Delta Dental Stadium. The big fly put the Fisher Cats up, 2-0, and was the team’s 16th first-inning homer this year, tied for third in Double-A.
Portland responded quickly with two earned runs to tie the game in second. Four singles and a sacrifice fly put the Sea Dogs on the board, and they finished with 18 hits.
Paxton Schultz was solid, going 4.1 innings with three earned runs. He walked two and took out four. Schultz allowed nine hits in Friday’s game, tied for his all-season single-game record (April 22 at Altoona).
The top of the Fisher Cats order responded with three hits and two runs in the third. Zac Cook doubled up and Rafael Lantigua laid down a bunt single. After a stolen base and pitching error scored a run, John Aiello brought Lantigua home with a single, and New Hampshire went up 4-2.
The top four hitters in the Fisher Cats order went 7-for-16 and had all but one of the team’s hits. Lantigua secured his 22nd multi-hit game leading the team with a 3-on-4 night.
The Portland Bats would prove too much though. Kole Cottam hit two triples and drove in four runs, going 4-for-5 with a run scored. Tyreque Reed was also 3 for 5 with an RBI. All nine Sea Dogs had hits and five players had multiple hits.
The Sea Dogs had four runs on 14 hits through the first seven innings before they could break through with four more runs over Thomas Ruwe (L, 0-3) in the eighth.
The 18 hits allowed by the New Hampshire pitcher marked a season high. Their previous record was 15 against the Portland Sea Dogs on June 30.