Akron, OH - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were beaten by a walk-off infield single in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Akron RubberDucks, falling 4-3 at Canal Park in the series opener.
The RubberDucks plated the winning in the ninth on a dribbler up the line from Bobby Bradley. The inning began with a lead-off single by Greg Allen, who stole second base then advanced to third on a one out groundball to short off the bat of Francisco Mejia. Shortstop Richard Urena tried to eliminate Allen at third but everyone was safe to put runners at the corners with one out for Bradley, whose slow bouncer was placed in the perfect spot to score Allen from third and win the game for Akron.
New Hampshire started the scoring in the fifth. Gunnar Heidt singled, Jonathan Davis was hit by a pitch and Harold Ramirez brought them both home later in the inning with a two-out, two RBI triple that made it 2-0. Emilio Guerrero followed with a run-scoring single to increase the lead to three runs.
Akron scored a run in the bottom of the inning then tied it in the sixth with back-to-back home runs from Bradley and Yu Chang to chase Fisher Cats starter Conner Greene from the game. On came Shane Dawson, who allowed the bases to fill with a walk and two singles, but managed to escape the inning without allowing the run after inducing a 5-2-3 double play and getting a fly out to end the threat.
The series continues on Wednesday night. Fisher Cats southpaw Ryan Borucki (1-1, 0.43 ERA) will look to continue his stretch of quality starts while RHP Shane Bieber (1-1, 3.18 ERA) is on the bump for Akron. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard locally on AM 610 WGIR or online via iHeartRadio.
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