Purcey Leads Fisher Cats to Sixth Straight Victory

Purcey Leads Fisher Cats to Sixth Straight Victory

For the second consecutive start David Purcey pitched an outstanding game for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, leading them to a 2-0 victory Thursday evening over the Norwich Navigators.

Purcey picked up his second Double-A victory of the season as he allowed just two hits in five innings of work. The left-hander issued two walks, did not allow a run, and struck out ten batters in the process.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, David Purcey got your all-conventional four strikeouts in an inning. Eliezer Alfonzo struck out for the second out, but reached first on a wild pitch. The left-hander then struck out Randy Walker and Tyler Von Schell to end the inning.

Purcey stuck out Julio Cordido to begin the bottom of the fifth, marking his fifth consecutive strike out.

Offensively Anthony Sanders and Ron Acuna drove in the two runs for New Hampshire.

Jordan DeJong followed Purcey and pitched three scoreless innings allowing just one hit. Jesse Carlson then came in the ninth inning, and allowed one hit for his fourth save of the season.

New Hampshire has now won six consecutive games and are in second place with a 64-61 record. The Fisher Cats would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. They are trailing Portland by four games in the Northern Division, and are two games ahead of Trenton for the final playoff spot.

Around the Minors

Syracuse defeated the Rochester Red Wings by a score of 7-2. John-Ford Griffin hit his 25th home run of the season, and also drove in his 83rd, and 84th runs of the season. Desi Relaford went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, and hit his first home run as a member of the SkyChiefs.

Zach Jackson picked up his second Triple-A victory tossing six innings, allowing seven hits, one run, issuing a walk and striking out four batters. Lee Gronkiewicz pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his sixth save at Triple-A.

Carlo Cota hit his 9th home run for Dunedin in their 9-4 victory over Lakeland. Cota went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in. The Blue Jays got three more home runs in their victory, one by Vito Chiaravalloti (his second), one by Scott Dragicevich (his first), and the other by David Smith (his tenth). The home runs by Chiaravalloti and Smith were back-to-back in the fifth inning.

Ricardo Romero started for Dunedin and allowed two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Lansing Lugnuts dropped an 8-6 decision to the Dayton Dragons as they allowed two runs in the top of the tenth. Chris Snavely hit his 11th home run of the season and drove in his 51st and 52nd runs of the season. Russell Savickas allowed six runs, although just three earned in five innings of work. Juan Perez followed with three scoreless innings, and Joey McLaughlin threw a scoreless inning of his own. Scott Roy pitched the tenth inning and allowed two runs, just one earned. Ryan Klosterman made his 25th error of the season, Jason Armstrong his 24th, and Scott Roy has a pickoff throwing error in the defeat.

The Auburn Doubledays exploded for six runs in the eighth inning and scored seven unanswered for a 7-1 victory over the Jamestown Jammers.

Joey Metropoulos and Brian Bormaster each drove in two runs in the victory. Sean Shoffit, Brian Pettway and Chris Gutierrez each drove in one. Kristen Bell allowed just an unearned run, and three hits in seven innings of work. Josh Sowers came on in relief and threw two scoreless innings for his second victory of the season.

The Pulaski Blue Jays bats were just slightly better than the Greeneville Astros bats as they won an 8-7 contest Thursday evening.

Paul Franko and Anthony Hatch each drove in three runs and homered in the victory. Jesus Gonzalez hit his fourth homer of the season for his lone run batted in. In the strange line score category, Dennis Bigley allowed seven runs, with none of them being earned in three innings of work. Scott Byrnes pitched the final three innings for his second victory of the season.

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