New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats 5, Yard Goats 2

HARTFORD, Conn. Kevin Vicuña went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) rallied for a 5-2 win over the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) on Friday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.


Vicuña singled in the fourth inning to drive in a run to make it 1-1. In the top of the eighth, after a single by Jordan Groshans and a Vinny Capra walk, Vicuña hit his first homer of the season, a three-run shot to put New Hampshire in front 4-2. Demi Orimoloye then followed with his first home run of the year for a 5-2 lead.

Five pitchers for New Hampshire (27-33) combined to hold the Yard Goats to six hits. Reilly Hovis (5 IP, 0 ER), Will McAffer, Graham Spraker, Jon Harris, and Kyle Johnston all worked in the game. Spraker (W, 2-0) earned the win, and Johnston picked up his first save.

Hartford (19-44) pushed a run across in the bottom of the third inning for a 1-0 lead. Jameson Hannah reached on a fielder’s choice, Sean Bouchard doubled him to third, and Taylor Snyder reached on a slow grounder to make it 1-0.

The Fisher Cats came right back with a run in the top of the fourth. Walks to Groshans and LJ Talley started the inning. After a fielder’s choice for Capra, Vicuña singled to tie the game at 1-1.

The Yard Goats put together three singles in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the tie with Willie Abreu delivering the single that scored Coco Montes.


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