Rogues return to edge Seagulls
A short layoff paid good dividends for the Medford Rogues, who answered a challenge by the San Francisco Seagulls to score an 8-6 victory Tuesday night at Harry & David Field.
Playing their first game after a four-day break, the Rogues used a run of five straight runs to build momentum and then held off a Seagulls rally in the ninth inning to claim the first game of a three-game series.
Medford (10-7-1) was set to continue the series Wednesday night, with Game 3 at 6:35 p.m. Thursday.
Tuesday’s game marked a string of home dates for the Rogues that will include only seven days off until the end of the season on July 30.
San Francisco opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with three runs but Medford didn’t flinch Tuesday night, answering with three runs of its own to draw even.
Consecutive singles by Trey Nelson and Reece MacRae set the table for Barron Zamora, who drove in Medford’s first run with a single. An error allowed MacRae to score before Grayson Grinsell’s grounder to shortstop was misplayed and allowed a third run to score.
The Rogues took their first lead with a run in the fourth inning after Cole Arnold was hit by a pitch, stole second and came home on a single by Grinsell.
In the sixth inning, Emiliano Alarcon reached on an error and scored with two outs when Carson Blatnick came through with a clutch RBI single.
After San Francisco drew within 5-4 in the top of the seventh, the Rogues tallied three runs in the bottom half to regain its cushion by virtue of four hits and three Seagulls errors.
Nelson, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Zamora, who also went 2-for-4, supplied RBI singles during the seventh to help Medford go up 8-4.
Grinsell and Blatnick also chipped in with two of Medford’s 11 hits.
San Francisco used three walks and a two-run double by Alex Adame to close the gap in the ninth before a game-ending groundout.
Adame was 2-for-3 with one run, Teves Payne 2-for-4 and Joey Lee 3-for-4 with two runs to pace the Seagulls.
San Francisco Seagulls030000102—695
Medford Rogues030101 30x—8112
Naraghi, Fong-McAdams (4), Forsyth (7) and Payne; Grewe, Shelton (4), Norquist (6), Lamdin (7), Memmott (7), Boivin (8), Massie (9) and Blatnick. W — Shelton (1-0). L — Fong-McAdams. 2B — SF: Algarin, Payne, Adame; M: Grinsell.