New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats 6, Patriots 5

MANCHESTER — Five RBIs from Gabriel Moreno, including a walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth inning, led the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) to a 6-5 win over the Somerset Patriots (New York Yankees) in the team’s home opener at Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday night.

BOX SCORE

The Fisher Cats took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on the first Delta Dental Stadium home run of the season. After a single by Jordan Groshans, Moreno lined a homer to right center.

Somerset picked up a run in the top of the fifth inning on a solo home run by Thomas Milone. That was the only run allowed in the contest by New Hampshire starter Simeon Woods Richardson. In his second start, the 20-year old allowed one hit and one run, walked two, and matched his career-high with eight strikeouts.

Curtis Taylor (W, 1-1) picked up the win with two strikeouts in a perfect top of the ninth.

New Hampshire extended the lead to 5-1 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. A single by Samad Taylor and a pair of walks to Austin Martin and Groshans loaded the bases. Moreno drove in two more runs with a single to center, and third run scored on a wild pitch.

Somerset scored four unanswered runs in the late innings to force a 5-5 tie heading to the ninth, when the Fisher Cats loaded the bases for Moreno on two singles and a hit batter.

The Fisher Cats will play again on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. against the Somerset Patriots (New York Yankees Double-A affiliate) at Delta Dental Stadium.

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