Akron Leaves Manchester With Series Win

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The Akron RubberDucks leave Manchester winning two games out of three in their series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, taking the last game of the series on Sunday, 7-3.

Akron got the first two runs, with Saturday hero bringing home Jordan Smith on a fielder’s choice in the first and a Mark Mathias single in the second that brought home Luigi Rodriguez.

Gunnar Heidt’s double in the bottom of the second brought the Fisher Cats back within a run, but that’s all either team could muster for the next four innings.

The RubberDucks would break that deadlock with another big inning like the one that had in the previous day’s game. Jordan Smith and Francisco Mejia both homered and Joe Sever’s single would bring Bradley home.

Akron would bat around the lineup, getting five hits and four runs before all was said and done, and that would be enough.

New Hampshire added a run in the eighth and the ninth, while Sever singled home another run for Akron in the eighth.

RubberDucks pitchers limited New Hampshire to just five hits, two of them coming from Gunnar Heidt.

Thomas Pannone (2-1) got the win, allowing just two hits in six innings of work, striking out seven and walking two.

Like much of the season, Jon Harris (2-6) got an unlucky hand. He scattered seven hits over six innings, walking three and striking out five.

The Fisher Cats open a six-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Glenn Sparkman (0-1, 7.36 ERA) will start for New Hampshire against RHP Sam Coonrod (2-6, 4.81 ERA).