PORTLAND, Maine — New Hampshire’s Casey Lawrence shut out the Portland Sea Dogs in eight innings to give the Fisher Cats a 3-0 Eastern League baseball victory Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.
New Hampshire clinches the series win after taking the first two of the three-game series.
Lawrence (12-12) allowed just five baserunners on three hits and two walks. Blake McFarland worked a scoreless ninth to earn his 14th save of the season.
The Sea Dogs were shut out for the 15th time this season, tying Richmond for most in the Eastern League. Portland finished the game 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded four.
New Hampshire got on the board in the third inning off of Danny Rosenbaum (L, 0-7). With two on and nobody out, Melky Mesa hit an RBI double to score Jorge Flores. Two batters later, Kevin Nolan hit a sacrifice fly to plate Roemon Fields and give the Cats a 2-0 lead.
New Hampshire added its third run on a solo homer by Dwight Smith Jr. off of Rosenbaum with two outs in the fifth.
Rosenbaum went a season-high five innings for Portland and allowed three earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.