Medford used a five-run sixth inning to build enough cushion for the Rogues to handle a late comeback bid from the San Francisco Seagulls for a 10-7 victory late Wednesday night at Harry & David Field.
Medford (11-7-1) was able to score early and eventually took a 10-2 lead in six innings before San Francisco could slowly whittle down the Rogues’ bullpen to close the gap and make things interesting at the end.
Wednesday’s win was the second in a three-game series with the Seagulls that was scheduled to end Thursday night. The Rogues will then host a five-game series against the Utah Marshalls over the next seven days, with only Sunday and Monday nights serving as bye dates.
Trey Nelson and Reece MacRae were figureheads again for the Rogues on Wednesday, with Nelson going 3 for 6 with two runs and two RBIs and MacRae going 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs.
CJ Colyer also finished with three hits on four at bats, scoring three with an RBI, while Tyler Peterson was 2 for 4 with two runs and an 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 give Medford a 4-2 lead.
In the decisive sixth inning, the Rogues saw Nelson and Carson Blatnick hit back-to-back RBI singles before Colyer launched a run with a triple. MacRae added an RBI single and Peterson drew a goal-laden walk to give Medford a 10-2 lead.
After that, it was all in San Francisco as the Seagulls knocked out a trio of Medford relievers to get back into the contest before Griffin Baker was finally able to block a runner at second base with a game-ending strikeout.
Victor Quinn earned 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 relief innings afterwards 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 a run and an RBI for San Francisco.
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Meyer, Pellegrini (4), Plath (6), Palomarez (8) and Forsyth; Quinn, Gray. 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: Necklace.
Andy Atkinson/Mail Tribune Medford Rogues returner Emiliano Alarcon, shown in Tuesday’s game against San Francisco, drove in a run in Wednesday’s 10-7 win at Harry & David Field.