EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 18, 2013

Fisher Cats sweep away Sea Dogs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — MANCHESTER, N.H. — After Sean Nolin and Marcus Walden turned in eight-inning efforts against the Portland Sea Dogs, Ryan Tepera had a big shadow to pitch in last night.

The righthander was up to the task, stifling the Sea Dogs (46-50) over eight strong innings in a 4-0 win at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The victory completed a three-game sweep for New Hampshire (49-46) and extended the team’s winning streak to a franchise record-tying eight games.

Tepera’s night was one of his best in his year-plus pitching for the Fisher Cats. He worked around doubles in the first and third innings, and avoided trouble after a two-out single in the fourth. He pitched perfect fifth and sixth frames before ending a one-out rally in the seventh. A perfect eighth ended his night after 104 pitches for his longest Double-A outing.

Tepera’s final line read eight shutout innings with just four hits allowed. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk for the first time in 19 outings this season. Scott Gracey stranded a single in the ninth to complete the three-game sweep.

Spinners start trip poorly

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – After the first off-day of the New York-Penn League season, the Lowell Spinners kicked off a six-game road trip in uninspiring fashion, falling to the State College Spikes, 8-2, last night.

The game represented the first time the Spinners had an outcome outside of one-run in their last seven games.

Lowell (16-12) got on the board first in the third inning when Carlos Asuaje took a 0-1 offering over the right-field wall for his first professional home run to give the Spinners a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived however.

Asuaje paced the Spinners offense with a three-hit night, including the first Spinner home run in 11 days. David Sopilka added two hits in the loss.