AKRON, OHIO – The Akron Rubber Ducks took two out of three games last week visiting Manchester, but couldn’t duplicate that formula on Tuesday at home, falling 6-1 to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The game’s first pitch occurred after a 27-minute delay, but that certainly didn’t faze New Hampshire’s pitching staff, which allowed just one Akron hit on the evening. That hit, a Joe Sever double in the seventh, eventually transformed into Akron’s only run of the evening thanks to a wild pitch later in the inning.
New Hampshire didn’t have their best offensive night either, but with the Fisher Cats’ lights out pitching performance, Bo Bichette’s two-run homer in the fourth was all that the visitors would need for victory. However, they’d also add four runs in the fifth, three of which came off Jon Berti’s first triple in a Fisher Cats uniform since Aug. 16, 2016.
Jon Harris (4-3) recorded New Hampshire’s second six-inning no-hit starting performance, following Jordan Romano’s gem on May 16 against Hartford.
Harris is now 3-0 over his past six starts, with a strikeout to walk ratio of 26:5 during that stretch.
Triston McKenzie (1-1) earned his first Double-A victory last week against the Fisher Cats, and was the hard luck loser this time around, giving up just two hits and three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Both teams are back at it on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. New Hampshire will send Romano (8-1, 2.81 ERA) against Akron’s Aaron Civale (2-1, 2.23 ERA).