The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are a win away from the third Eastern League championship in team history.
New Hampshire took a two-game lead in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series with a 6-1 win over the Akron RubberDucks on Wednesday night at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
The series moves to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on Friday for Game 3. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, would be played Saturday and Sunday.
New Hampshire made its nine hits, all singles, count on Wednesday, scoring three times in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. Jon Berti singled home Gunnar Heidt and Forrest Wall, and Berti scored on a Cavan Biggio RBI groundout.
The Fisher Cats added a run in the sixth when Harold Ramirez scored on a throwing error, and two runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Santiago Espinal, scoring Biggio, and a wild pitch to score Josh Palacios.
Starter Jon Harris pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing five hits and one run, striking out seven. Jackson McClelland, Kirby Snead and Corey Copping combined for 2 2/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.
Akron starter Kyle Dowdy took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out eight. The RubberDucks used eight relievers in the loss.
The Fisher Cats won the Eastern League title in 2004 and 2011.
Friday’s game is at 6:35 p.m. Saturday’s game, if needed, is at 6:35. Sunday’s game, if needed, will be played at 1:35 p.m.