New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats 3, Yard Goats 2

HARTFORD, Conn. – Thanks to solo home runs from Jordan Groshans and Chavez Young, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) defeated the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) 3-2 on Wednesday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.Young (2-4, 2RBI, HR, R) went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and his sixth home run of the season.


On the pitching side, starter Luis Quiñones (W, 1-2; 5 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 9 K) was stellar, stranding runners at third base twice and not allowing a hit after the first inning.

The Fisher Cats (43-45) took the lead in the first against Yard Goats starter Karl Kauffmann (L, 1-9). After Samad Taylor singled and Groshans walked, Young drove Taylor home with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Groshans (2-3, HR, 2B, BB) hit a solo home run off of Kauffmann in the fifth to extend the lead to 2-0.

Quiñones quieted the Hartford bats through his five shutout innings of work, giving up one hit on the night and striking out nine. Sean Rackoski (H, 4) entered in the sixth and worked out of a bases-loaded jam. Graham Spraker (H, 3) pitched to six batters and retired them all.

The Yard Goats plated a run on a groundout in the seventh, making it 2-1, before Young hit his sixth home run of the season in the top of the eighth to push the lead to 3-1. 

Adrian Hernandez (S, 2) entered with a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, and despite a run scoring on a wild pitch he was able to strike out three batters and strand the potential tying run at third base.


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