Last week we brought you a walk off win that helped get the Fisher Cats back in the playoff race. This week, we deliver maybe the next best thing, as the Fisher Cats scored five runs in the final inning to stun the Akron Aeros, 9-8, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The game didn't get off to a good start for the hometown team, as starting pitcher Deck McGuire allowed four runs over the first two innings. The offense helped him by tying the game in the third, highlighted by Clint Robinson's two-out, two-run homer.
McGuire settled down after the game was tied, working 5.1 innings. Randy Boone got the next five outs, but Dustin Antolin yielded four runs in the eighth, and New Hampshire went down in order in the bottom half.
Chorye Spoone threw a scoreless ninth to give the offense a chance, albeit a slim one starting at an 8-4 deficit. Kevin Nolan began the rally when he was hit by a pitch, and then took second on a single from Adam Loewen. That quick start was dulled when the next two batters struck out to leave New Hampshire to its final out.
That's when the fun started. Kevin Pillar doubled to score Nolan, and Akron made a pitching change. Ryan Schimpf greeted the new reliever with a two-run single to cut the deficit to 8-7.
AJ Jimenez kept the rally going with a single and Robinson's infield single was compounded by a throwing error to tie the game as Schimpf scored. Finally, Brad Glenn would end it by ripping a 1-1 pitch up the line in left for a game winning single, scoring Jimenez with the Fisher Cats' ninth run of the game and their fifth of the inning, all with two outs.