Fisher Cats pitchers strike out 18 in 2-1 victory over Bowie
Sean Nolin tied a franchise record with 13 strikeouts, but the lefty was long gone by the time New Hampshire Fisher Cats shortstop Kevin Nolan delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the Bowie Baysox, 2-1, yesterday afternoon.
Nolin pitched six innings, allowing seven hits, a walk and a run and left with the score tied at 1-1. Relievers Ryan Tepera (one inning, two strikeouts), Randy Boone (two innings, one strikeout) and Scott Gracey (two innings, two strikeouts) combined with Nolin for 18 strikeouts, the most in franchise history. Gracey earned the win to improve to 4-1.
Andy Burns (2-for-5, triple) got the winning rally started in the 11th with a single, then advance to third on a Brad Glenn single. Nolan then slapped the game-winner to center through a drawn-in infield to give the Fisher Cats the win.
Nolan went 3-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games.
The series wraps up tonight at 7:05. Kyle Drabek (0-0, 2.25) gets the start for New Hampshire against Devin Jones (3-4, 5.46).