New Hampshire Hardball

Offense carries Fisher Cats

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) enjoyed an offensive eruption in a 9-2 Memorial Day win over the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) on Monday afternoon at Delta Dental Stadium.
Patrick Kivlehan became the ninth Fisher Cat ever to record five hits in a single game, and the first since KC Hobson on April 25, 2015. Kivlehan went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a solo home run, and four RBI.
Forrest Wall was spectacular as well, finishing 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and a pair of RBI singles. The two players drove in eight of New Hampshire’s nine runs, and accounted for nine of the team’s 13 hits.
Wall’s two-run homer came in the bottom of the first inning, giving New Hampshire a 2-0 lead they would not rescind. The Fisher Cats scored five times in the first two innings, and once in each of the last four frames.
A two-out throwing error by Hartford’s Scott Burcham sparked a rally for New Hampshire in the second inning, and led to three consecutive RBI singles from Wall, Nash Knight and Kivlehan to extend the advantage to 5-1.
Hector Perez (W, 4-2) allowed one run in 5.2 innings, striking out six batters. Tayler Saucedo followed with 2.1 innings of one-hit relief, and Ty Tice surrendered nothing more than an unearned run in the ninth inning.

The Fisher Cats (23-25) will hit the road for six games, starting with a three-game series against the Eastern League’s top team, the 30-19 Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals). New Hampshire returns home to Delta Dental Stadium on June 4 to start a six-game homestand.

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