MANCHESTER – Samad Taylor and Chavez Young each hit two-run homers, but the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox affiliate) rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to steal a 7-6 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) on Saturday at Delta Delta Stadium.
Portland (10-7) entered the ninth inning trailing 6-3, but scored one run on a wild pitch, two more on a pinch-hit triple by Roldani Baldwin, and another on a single by Pedro Castellanos.
The Sea Dogs opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Triston Cases walked and scored on a double to left center by Joey Meneses. The Sea Dogs extended the lead to 3-0 in the top of the third inning on a two-out single by Pedro Castellanos, a triple by Casas, and a single by Meneses.
New Hampshire (7-10) rallied to take the lead thanks to a pair of two-out, two-run homers. Reggie Pruitt reached on a hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the third and Young followed with his first home run of the season. In the fourth inning, a walk to Gabriel Moreno was followed by Taylor’s third blast of the season for a 4-3 lead.
The Fisher Cats added two more two-out runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Young and Austin Martin walked and moved up on a wild pitch. A passed ball allowed Young to score, and Otto Lopez followed with a single to make it 6-3. It also extended the hit streak for Lopez to a league-best 15 games.
Top pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson made the start for New Hampshire. He allowed three runs on five hits over five innings, and left the game in line for the win. Woods Richardson walked one and matched his season and career-best with eight strikeouts.
Graham Spraker gave the Fisher Cats two scoreless innings in relief, striking out the side in the top of the seventh. Brody Rodning (L, 0-2) had a perfect eighth, but ran into trouble in the ninth to take the loss.
Jake Thompson (W, 1-0) recorded the win for Portland, and Jose Adames worked around a lead-off hit-by-pitch of Taylor in the ninth to earn his fourth save.
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