New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats 11, Sea Dogs 2

Portland, Maine The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) started the 2021 season with a bang, overwhelming the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox Double-A affiliate) with a season-opening 11-2 win at Hadlock Field on Tuesday night.


Each of New Hampshire’s nine starters recorded a hit, led by C Gabriel Moreno‘s 3-for-5 night. Moreno drove in two runs and scored three times.

Blue Jays top offensive prospect, CF Austin Martin, lined the first pitch of the season into right field for a single, and finished the night 2-for-4 with a double.

The Fisher Cats started the scoring early with an RBI groundout from 1B Kevin Vicuna in the second inning and a three-run rally in the third. 2B Otto LopezSS Jordan Groshans, Moreno, RF Chavez Young, and LF Demi Orimoloye each recorded consecutive hits to extend the lead to 4-0.

After a Vicuna RBI single in the fifth, New Hampshire blew the game open with a four-run seventh-inning rally. DH Brock Lundquist led off the inning with a homer, Moreno drew a bases-loaded walk, and Young drilled a two-run single off the Maine Monster to make it 9-0.

A Lopez RBI single in the eighth and a run-scoring error in the ninth capped the scoring for the Fisher Cats.

LHP Zach Logue (W, 1-0) picked up right where he left off from his 2019 All-Star season in New Hampshire, holding Portland to five scattered singles over five shutout innings with one walk and five strikeouts. LHP Brody Rodning tossed two scoreless frames in relief, while RHP Fitz Stadler and RHP Emerson Jimenez handled the last six outs.

New Hampshire continues the season-opening road trip at Hadlock Field through Sunday.

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