New Hampshire Hardball

Sea Dogs 5, Fisher Cats 1

PORTLAND, Maine — An early five-run deficit was too much for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) to overcome in a 5-1 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox) on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

New Hampshire received strong showings from relievers Mike Ellenbest (2 IP, 0 H, 4 K), Brody Rodning (2 IP, 0 H, 4 K) and Curtis Taylor (1 IP, 0 H), but the Fisher Cats comeback effort was limited to a two-out RBI double from Vinny Capra in the eighth inning.

Chavez Young had New Hampshire’s lone two-hit game with a single and a double, but Kutter Crawford, Denyi Reyes (W, 1-0), and Tyler Olson combined to allow one run on seven hits in nine innings.

Maximo Castillo (L, 0-1) recorded two strikeouts in his Double-A debut, but yielded five runs (three earned) on one walk and seven hits.

Portland’s Ryan Fitzgerald plated the eventual winning run with an RBI double in the second inning to give the Sea Dogs a 2-0 lead.

New Hampshire concludes the season-opening road trip at Hadlock Field on Sunday, with a 1 p.m. first pitch in Portland.


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