PORTLAND, Maine — The Fisher Cats have posted two straight shutouts while combining for eight homers against the Sea Dogs.
Yeah, they’re ready for the playoffs.
Drew Hutchison tossed the latest masterpiece for the Fisher Cats, allowing one hit through five innings as New Hampshire thumped Portland, 7-0, before 6,608 fans at Hadlock Field Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Dent’s pop up, which landed about 10 feet from home plate, was the only hit against Hutchison (3-0), who fanned eight without issuing a free pass.
“Just try to execute quality pitches like always,” said Hutchison, who showed terrific fastball command put away hitters with a slider.
In the second inning, Danny Perales swatted a knuckleball into the seats beyond right field and later added a sacrifice fly off Portland starter Charlie Haeger (4-1).
Mark Sobolewski and McDade also went deep off Haeger, a 10-year pro who once gave up a home run to Sal Fasano in the minors. Sobolewski’s bomb soared over the “Maine Monster” in left field, giving the Fisher Cats a 4-0 lead.
“You never know what the kids are going to do. When they start swinging the bat like this, they can stay hot for a while,” manager Fasano said.
Hutchison retired 15 of 16 batters faced, and New Hampshire’s bullpen allowed only one hit, a triple by Mitch Dening. Wes Etheridge and Rey Gonzalez combined for three perfect relief innings, and Bobby Korecky worked the ninth.
Fisher Cats righty Yohan Pino (3-8, 4.15 ERA) gets the nod for Monday’s final game of the regular season, and Portland righty Brock Huntzinger (5-11, 6.17 ERA) will start the 1 p.m. contest.
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