AKRON, OHIO – The Akron Rubber Ducks mustered only one hit on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. That was not the case two days in a row.
Akron bounced back adeptly from their series opening loss to New Hampshire, tying up the series with an 8-2 win on Wednesday night.
New Hampshire’s first run came from Bo Bichette in the top of the third, reaching base on his 16th double of the year and coming home one at-bat later courtesy of Cavan Biggio’s single to center.
However, Akron would answer half an inning later, with Sam Haggerty and Connor Marabell doubles sparking a three-run rally, ultimately enough to seal the victory.
The Ducks added four more insurance runs in the fifth, sending the entire lineup to the plate, with reigning Eastern League Player of the Week Andrew Calica posting his second run of the night in the sixth.
In the seventh, Jon Berti drove in his seventh run in the past four games to provide New Hampshire with their second run of the night, but the ‘Cats would ultimately not be able to overcome a 2-for-9 night when runners were in scoring position.
At the plate, New Hampshire outhit Akron 11-8, with Gunnar Heidt contributing a 3-for-4 performance and Jonathan Davis getting two hits. Five of Akron’s eight hits went for extra bases, with Joe Sever accumulating three RBI along the way.
The win went to Aaron Civale (3-1), scattering six hits in five innings of work, walking and striking out two. On the opposite side of the ledger, Jordan Romano (8-2) took the loss, his second straight loss against Akron after recording wins in every start from April 19 to May 27.
Romano left after obtaining two outs in the fourth, responsible for all of Akron’s runs except for the last one.
The series concludes at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, with T.J. Zeuch (4-2, 3.32 ERA) taking the mound for New Hampshire against Akron’s
Michael Peoples (1-1, 1.32 ERA).