MANCHESTER, NH – The Akron Rubber Ducks conclude their only series in the Queen City this year with a win, defeating the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 7-4.
Akron starting pitcher Triston McKenzie made the most of his Double-A debut, not allowing a hit until the fifth.
With the Fisher Cats’ bats held in check, the Ducks took advantage of a throwing error by Jordan Romano in the fourth that led to a pair of runs, giving them a lead that grew with Andrew Calica’s two-run home run one at-bat later.
The Fisher Cats would finally get on the board after McKenzie’s departure thanks to a solo shot from Harold Ramirez in the sixth. However, Akron quickly responded, putting up three more runs half an inning later, leading to the departure of New Hampshire starting pitcher Jordan Romano.
New Hampshire loaded the bases twice in the eighth, with Jonathan Davis, Cavan Biggio and Ramirez crossing the plate to reduce Akron’s lead to three. It could have been worse for the Ducks, if not for a close play at the plate that denied New Hampshire its fourth run of the inning.
Excluding Nick Pasquale’s struggles in the eighth, it was a good night for Akron’s pitching staff, limiting the Fisher Cats to just four hits on the evening.
The Ducks obtained the bulk of its offense from the bottom third of its lineup, with Sam Haggerty and Tyler Krieger combining for four of Akron’s two hits on the evening, with Haggerty adding a home run during the seventh inning rally.
Romano (8-1), was New Hampshire’s losing pitcher of record, the first loss for Romano since July 14, 2017 against Tampa in the Florida State League. Six of the seven runs on Romano’s watch were earned, unable to record an out during the first three at-bats of the seventh.
The Fisher Cats now welcome the Bowie Bay Sox to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium for their first and only trip to Manchester this year, beginning a three-game series on Friday.
T.J. Zeuch (3-2, 3.47 ERA) takes the mound at 6:30 p.m. for New Hampshire against Bowie’s Hunter Harvey (1-2, 5.57 ERA).