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Fisher Cats stage rally in 9th to win

June 06. 2018 9:22PM
New Hampshire's Gunnar Heidt tags out Akron's Andrew Calica, who was attempting to steal second base, during Wednesday's game in Manchester, won by the Fisher Cats, 7-6. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

The Fisher Cats scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game, and scored twice in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to steal a 7-6 win over the Akron RubberDucks at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

After Akron took a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth on a home run by Andrew Calica, New Hampshire started the bottom of the inning with hit-by-pitch Jonathan Davis, who moved up when Bo Bichette walked. Then pitcher Argenis Angulo (1-2) fielded Gunnar Heidt’s bunt and threw it away down the left field line, allowing two runs to score to give the Fisher Cats (35-23) the win.

Andrew Case (1-1) picked up the win in relief despite allowing the Calica home run.

Akron (33-26) put together four consecutive hits with one out in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Mark Mathias homered, and Connor Marabell singled and scored on a triple by Sam Haggerty. Daniel Salters delivered another run with his single.

The RubberDucks extended the lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth as Willi Castro singled and Calica was hit by pitch before Bobby Bradley delivered a two-run double.

The Fisher Cats scored in the bottom of the fifth on a Connor Panas walk before Patrick Cantwell’s third home run cut the lead to 5-2.

New Hampshire tied it with three in the top of the eighth inning. Bichette singled and scored on a double by Heidt. Cavan Biggio walked and Harold Ramirez doubled him in to make it 5-4. A sacrifice fly by Juan Kelly tied the game.

Jon Harris started for New Hampshire, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Danny Young and Zach Jackson pitched scoreless ball leading into the ninth inning.

Shao-Ching Chiang started for the RubberDucks, allowing two runs, walking one and striking out three for Akron.

Cantwell, Bichette, Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each had two hits for New Hampshire.

Guerrero went 2-for-2 (.407 average) but left with a leg injury after sliding into second in the fourth. He walked off under his own power.

“He feels fine — we’re just being cautious with it,” Fisher Cats manager John Schneider told “He checks out fine, but with him and all of our players, we’re just being careful and making sure he’s good to go.”

The home series with the RubberDucks concludes tonight at 6:35.

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