New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats 5, Sea Dogs 3

PORTLAND, MaineSamad Taylor delivered a go-ahead single in the top of the seventh inning and the bullpen held Portland scoreless the rest of the way as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) slipped past the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox) 5-3 on Thursday night at Hadlock Field.

Three New Hampshire pitchers combined to hold the Sea Dogs to five hits. Troy Miller (W, 1-1) worked a season-high six innings. He allowed three runs, walked one, and struck out five. Fitz Stadler and Brody Rodning held Portland (20-13) scoreless the rest of the night.

Rodning became the first New Hampshire reliever to earn a save in 2021, recording the final seven outs of the game without allowing a hit.

The Fisher Cats (11-21) scored in the first inning for the eighth consecutive game. Taylor led off with a walk and Austin Martin singled. Otto Lopez doubled them both home for a 2-0 lead.

The Sea Dogs made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning on a triple by Tate Matheny, who scored on a groundout by Tristan Casas.


Miller did not allow another hit until Matheny led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single. Pedro Castellanos followed with a single and Casas walked. A two-run single by Joey Meneses gave the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead.

The Fisher Cats moved back in front in the top of the seventh inning, putting together four singles to take a 4-3 edge. Base hits by Jordan Groshans and Demi Orimoloye set the stage for a game-tying single from Reggie Pruitt and the go-ahead hit from Taylor.

An insurance run for New Hampshire came across in the top of the eighth inning. Lopez singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Groshans reached on an error, moving Lopez to third. He scored on a fielder’s choice by Kevin Vicuna to make it 5-3.


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