HARTFORD, CT. – Thanks to 14 hits from the offense and 14 strikeouts from the pitching staff, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) crushed the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) 12-0 on Tuesday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
Chavez Young led the way, finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a homer, and four RBIs. Kevin Vicuna went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Samad Taylor and LJ Talley homered in the effort.
On the pitching side, starter Johnny Barbato (3.0 IP, 1 H, 5 K) retired the last eight batters he faced before turning things over to the bullpen. Parker Caracci (W, 1-0) registered two scoreless innings and earned the win in his Double-A debut, allowing two hits while walking one and striking out two.
Following Caracci, Brody Rodning (1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K), Marcus Reyes (2.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 K) and Emerson Jimenez (1.0IP) combined for four shutout innings.
The Fisher Cats (42-45) took the lead in the second against Yard Goats starter Matt Dennis (L, 3-8). Jordan Groshans led off with a single, and he moved to second on a groundout by Young. After Vicuna reached on an infield single, Talley drilled a three-run homer to right to put New Hampshire ahead 3-0.
The Fisher Cats continued to pour it on in the third inning. Tanner Kirwer hit a leadoff double, and, after a walk to Taylor, Vinny Capra stroked an RBI single to left to up the Fisher Cats lead to 4-0. Following another single for Groshans to load the bases, Young lofted a two-run single to center to make it a 6-0 Fisher Cats edge. Chris Bec capped the inning with an RBI single to push the lead to 7-0.
New Hampshire added four more runs in the fourth against reliever Michael Baird to up the lead to 11-0, courtesy of two-run homers from Taylor and Young.
The Fisher Cats scored their final run on an RBI single by Vicuna in the seventh to make it a 12-0 game.
The Yard Goats (29-60) were limited to four hits in the series opener.
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