Newman, Mesa power Fisher Cats past SeaWolves, 7-1
Outfielders Matt Newman and Melky Mesa combined for six hits, two home runs and six RBI to lead the Fisher Cats (25-37) to a 7-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves (28-33) yesterday. Each player finished one hit short of the cycle as New Hampshire took the rubber game to win its third consecutive series.
It was Newman who struck first for New Hampshire in the bottom of the second inning. Trailing 1-0, Newman ripped a triple to right field to plate a pair of runs for a 2-1 Fisher Cats lead. Newman then scored a few pitches later on a passed ball.
Two innings later, Mesa joined the hit parade. Newman belted the first pitch of the inning over the right field wall for his third home run of the weekend, and after Jack Murphy reached on an error, Mesa rocked his third homer of the homestand off the video board in right-center for a 6-1 lead.
Mesa added an RBI double in the sixth inning, scoring Murphy to extend the lead to 7-1. After knocking a single to center in the eighth, Mesa ended the game 3-for-4 with three RBI, needing a double to complete the cycle. Newman padded his stats with a double in the eighth, leaving him just a single shy of the cycle. Like Mesa, Newman drove in three runs.
Aaron Sanchez (3-4) earned the win on the mound, throwing 6.2 innings of one-run ball. He left in the seventh after allowing his fourth hit, which ended a stretch where he retired 10 in a row. Sanchez issued just one walk, a season low, while striking out a season-best seven for the second straight start.