EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 27, 2013

Linares' blasts powers Sea Dogs past Fisher Cats

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — MANCHESTER, N.H. — In an exciting back-and-forth game with playoff implications, Gabe Jacobo was the star of the show for the first six innings against the Portland Sea Dogs last night. The Fisher Cats (66-68) designated hitter homered and drove in three runs to help New Hampshire build a 5-3 lead heading to the seventh.

At that point, the Sea Dogs’ J.C. Linares became the story, blasting a pair of three-run homers to lift Portland (65-69) to a 10-5 win.

Portland jumped ahead 3-0 by netting three two-out runs against starter Marcus Walden (ND) over the first three innings of the game. In the fourth, Jacobo and Co. stormed back against Portland starter Mickey Pena.

In the seventh, Linares belted for a go-ahead three-run homer to make the score 6-5.

The Fisher Cats had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but Ryan Schimpf was thrown out at home trying to score on a bouncing ball with the infield playing in. Portland took advantage, tacking on four more runs in the ninth, the final three on another homer by Linares.

Jacobo extended his hitting streak to 10 games going 2 for 4 and raising his RBI total to 19.

Despite the loss, New Hampshire remains three games behind the Trenton Thunder in the Wild Card chase with seven games to play. The Fisher Cats are one game ahead of Portland in third place.

Spinners’ skid continues

LOWELL — It was Jenny Dell Night at LeLacheur Park, but the only extra-inning magic was from the Aberdeen Ironbirds as the Lowell Spinners left the bases loaded in the bottom half of the ninth inning and Aberdeen scored five in the 11th, topping the Spinners last night, 8-3.

The loss extended the Spinners losing streak to a season-long four games, as the team failed to capitalize on a Tri-City loss and Jamestown rainout, remaining four games and 3.5 games out of the division and wild card race respectively.

Offensively the Spinners were once again led by Manuel Margot, who had his fifth straight multi-hit game.