Cole allows four hits, but Fisher Cats lose one in Akron
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped a 3-1 decision at Akron on Friday night.
Taylor Cole took the loss for the Fisher Cats, dropping to 0-2 despite allowing just four hits.
New Hampshire (57-62) and Akron (65-55) will play again tonight at 7 p.m.
Akron took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Bryan LaHair walked and Jake Lowery delivered a one-out single. Bryson Miles singled to score LaHair and Justin Toole drove Lowery home with a base hit for the 2-0 lead.
The Fisher Cats got one run back in the top of the fifth when Corey Aldridge greeted relief pitcher Jordan Cooper with a home run. It was Aldridge’s fifth of the season.
The Rubber Ducks pushed their lead to 3-1 with a single run in the bottom of the sixth. LaHair walked and Jordan Smith simgled to move him to third. A wild pitch from Taylor Cole then allowed LaHair to score.
That would prove to be all Akron would need as reliever Adam Miller cruised through the seventh and eighth and closer Elvis Araujo pitched the ninth.
Jorge Flores singled to open the ninth for New Hampshire, but a double play from the bat of Jon Berti and flyout from Andy Burns ended the game.
Thursday late loss
Ramon Cabrera singled home Dixon Machado in the 13th inning to lead host Erie past New Hampshire 3-2 in an Eastern League contest Thursday at Jerry Uht Park. Machado singled to open the frame and, as he was stealing second, Cabrera singled to center for the game-winning walk-off hit.
Dustin Antolin (4-5) suffered the loss.
Erie grabbed a 1-0 second inning lead, taking advantage of an error. Steven Moya opened the inning by reaching on a fielding error by New Hampshire second baseman Andy Fermin. Dean Green singled Moya to third and Aaron Westlake drove him home with a sacrifice fly.
New Hampshire took a 2-1 fourth inning lead behind three hits. Andy Burns started the inning with a single and scampered to third base on a single by Cory Aldridge. One out later, Michael Crouse doubled to left, scoring both Burns and Aldridge.
New Hampshire starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched six innings and allowed three hits and one run which was unearned. He walked one and fanned five on 92 pitches, 62 for strikes.
He was in line for the mound win until the seventh inning when New Hampshire releiver Mickey Storey gave up a solo homer to Westlake with one out. It was Westlake’s 11th homer of the season. Jorge Flores, batting .293, led New Hampshire’s 10-hit attack with three hits. Burns had two hits.