RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks 9 Fisher Cats 4
WP: Shane Bieber (2-1) LP: Ryan Borucki (1-2) Save: none
Akron's Eric Haase slugged two homers, and Shane Bieber tossed three-hit ball for seven innings, as the RubberDucks defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 9-4, Wednesday night at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
The RubberDucks (58-56) broke a 1-1 tie on Joe Sever's two-run homer in the fifth inning against Ryan Borucki (1-2). It was Sever's sixth of the year and gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead.
Bieber (2-1) won his second consecutive start with a sensational effort. The right-hander worked seven innings and limited the Fisher Cats to just two runs on three hits. He did not issue a walk and fanned only one. The Cats reached Bieber for a run in the second on an RBI triple by Tim Lopes, and again in the seventh on a double by Anthony Alford and an RBI groundout by Emilio Guerrero. Bieber threw 83 pitches, 59 of which were strikes.
Haase now sits at second in the EL with 23 home runs. He ripped a long, solo homer to right field in the bottom of the second to tie the game, 1-1. He came back to drill a towering, three-run shot off right-hander Dusty Issacs in the seventh to give the Ducks an 8-2 lead. Haase finished the night 2-4, with four RBI. It was the second two-homer game of the Season for Haase, who also did it at Harrisburg on July 4th. He has hit 14 of his homers at Canal Park. Greg Allen reached Issacs for a two-run single in the sixth. That hit extended Allen's hitting streak to seven games. Francisco Mejia slapped an RBI single in the eighth to make it 9-4. He was 2-4, and raised his average to .317, which ranks second in the EL.
The Fisher Cats (46-69) rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth against Akron relievers David Speer and Jacob Lee…It was the fourth straight win for the RubberDucks…Bowie won big at home over Harrisburg, so the Ducks are still 1.5 games out of first with 26 games left in the regular season…Time of game: 2:40… Attendance: 3,884.
The RubberDucks and Fisher Cats will conclude the series on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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