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Rogues hang on to deny Seagulls

Medford used a five-run sixth inning to build enough of a cushion that the Rogues were able to handle a late comeback bid by the San Francisco Seagulls for a 10-7 win late Wednesday night at Harry & David Field.

Medford (11-7-1) was able to score early and ultimately built a 10-2 lead through six innings before San Francisco was slowly able to chip away at the Rogues bullpen to close the gap and make things interesting in the end.

Wednesday’s win was the second in the three-game series with the Seagulls that was set to wrap up Thursday night. The Rogues will then host a five-game series against the Utah Marshalls over the coming seven days, with only Sunday and Monday nights serving as off dates.

Trey Nelson and Reece MacRae were once again leading figures for the Rogues on Wednesday, with Nelson going 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs and MacRae going 3-for-5 with one run and two RBIs.

CJ Colyer also finished with three hits in four at-bats, scoring three times with one RBI, while Tyler Peterson was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI for Medford.

After the Seagulls tied the game at 2-all in the top of the third inning, the Rogues took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame. Ben Pajak and Emiliano Alarcon each drove in runs to put Medford up 4-2.

In the pivotal sixth inning, the Rogues saw Nelson and Carson Blatnick hit consecutive RBI singles before Colyer drove in a run with a triple. MacRae added an RBI single and Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk to put Medford ahead 10-2.

After that, it was all San Francisco as the Seagulls chipped away at a trio of Medford relievers to climb back into the contest before Griffin Baker was finally able to strand a runner on second base with a game-ending strikeout.

Victor Quinn picked up the pitching victory after allowing one hit with three walks and six strikeouts over the first three innings.

Griffin Henry and Grayson Grinsell combined for three scoreless innings of relief thereafter before the Seagulls posted six of their eight hits in the final three frames.

Joey Lee finished with three RBIs while Bryan Bruno went 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI for San Francisco.

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Meyer, Pellegrini (4), Plath (6), Palomarez (8) and Forsyth; Quinn, Gri. Henry (4), Grinsell (6), Schmidt (7), Weulfing (8), Baker (9) and Blatnick. W — Quinn (1-0). L — Meyer. 2B — SF: Fong-McAdams, Bruno; M: Nelson. 3B — M: Colyer.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMedford Rogues returner Emiliano Alarcon, shown during Tuesday’s game against San Francisco, drove in a run during Wednesday’s 10-7 win at Harry & David Field.