MANCHESTER, N.H. – Rain was the deciding factor on Wednesday, as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped a rain-shortened contest to the Akron Rubber Ducks, 2-1.
After approximately half an hour delay following the top of the seventh inning, New Hampshire lost its chance to make a comeback, even if such a comeback were likely given their poor batting up to that point.
Akron’s Sam Hentges limited the Fisher Cats to just four hits over their six innings at the plate, with a pair of those hits transforming in the fourth into New Hampshire’s only run.
Joey Murray was almost as dominant, limiting Akron to five hits, with their runs coming off an Alex Pantoja single in the second and an Oscar Gonzalez single in the sixth.
This marks Hentges’ first Double-A victory since May 3 against Reading. Murray is still waiting for his first Double-A win, with his last win of any kind coming on July 7 against Lakeland in the Florida State League.
The series concludes with a 12:05 p.m. Thursday matinee. Thomas Hatch (0-1, 9.00 ERA) takes the mound for New Hampshire against Akron lefty Tanner Tully (6-9, 4.54 ERA).