Akron’s Homers Doom Fisher Cats

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The Akron Rubber Ducks scored two home runs off New Hampshire Fisher Cat pitching on Tuesday night and gave up three more on Wednesday night, giving Akron the edge in the series’ second game, 9-4.

New Hampshire got on the board first thanks to a Tim Lopes triple in the second, bringing Emilio Guerrero across the plate.

The Fisher Cats couldn’t keep that lead for long, as Eric Haase would hit his 22nd home run of the year just half an inning later. Joe Sever added another home run in the fifth and the Rubber Ducks added two more runs on a Greg Allen single in the sixth to build on their lead.

New Hampshire would add a run in the seventh and two runs in the eighth, but an RBI single from Francisco Mejia and another Haase homer kept the visitors in check.

Anthony Alford and Lopes each had two hits apiece for New Hampshire, Haase, Meija, Allen and Todd Hankins collected two hits each for Akron.

Shane Bieber was the victor, allowing two earned runs over seven innings in his fourth Eastern League start. The loss went to Ryan Borucki, who left after 5 1/3 innings. Borucki couldn’t continue his hot start, allowing four runs off four hits, striking out seven Ducks and walking two.

The series concludes with a 7:05 showdown on Thursday night. Jon Harris (5-10, 5.38 ERA) takes the mound for New Hampshire against Akron’s Matt Esparza (5-4, 4.41 ERA).

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.