New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats 6/0, Patriots 1/12

Bridgewater, N.J – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) split a doubleheader with the Somerset Patriots (New York Yankees) on Saturday at TD Bank Ballpark.

Game 1: Fisher Cats 6, Patriots 1

Thanks to a career-high 12 strikeouts from Zach Logue, the Fisher Cats beat the Somerset Patriots 6-1 in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader at TD Bank Ballpark.

Logue (3-0) allowed three hits and one run over six innings of work. He now has 39 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched.

Yankees left-hander Zack Britton got the start for the Patriots in a rehab assignment, and delivered a scoreless inning before being relieved by right-hander Shawn Semple (0-3).

After managing just two hits through the first three innings, the Fisher Cats were able to break the scoreless tie in the fourth. With one out, Gabriel Moreno reached on a fielding error by Patriots shortstop Diego Castillo. LJ Talley followed with a single to put runners at the corners, and with Samad Taylor batting, a passed ball by Donny Sands made it a 1-0 game.

After Taylor reached on a throwing error by second baseman Oliver Dunn, Brock Lundquist walked to load the bases. Then, Vinny Capra drove home a run on an RBI fielder’s choice to make it a 2-0 contest. Kevin Vicuna capped the scoring in the frame with an RBI ground-rule double.

In a losing effort, Semple (0-2) tossed four innings, allowing four hits and three unearned runs while walking two and striking out three.

Logue’s lone blemish came in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Isiah Gilliam hit a solo shot to left-center to cut the deficit to two.

The Fisher Cats added insurance in the sixth against Carlos Espinal. After loading the bases with one out, Austin Martin stroked a two-run single to left to put New Hampshire ahead 5-1.

The Fisher Cats added a final run in the seventh thanks to another defensive miscue by the Patriots. Moreno singled to start the frame, and after a walk to Talley, Taylor reached on a fielder’s choice. Then, with Brock Lundquist batting, Taylor stole second. On the play, the second baseman Dunn dropped the throw from the catcher Sands, allowing Moreno to score from third.

Andrew McInvale closed out the win with a perfect seventh inning.

Game 2: Patriots 12, Fisher Cats 0

The nightcap was dominated by Somerset, which scored seven runs in the first inning highlighted by a three-run double from Matt Pita. The Patriots added a homer by Michael Beltre in the third, and a four-run rally in the fifth.

The Fisher Cats were held to two hits: singles from Austin Martin and Kevin Vicuna.


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