AKRON, Ohio - Santiago Espinal and Riley Adams hit home runs, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (could not finish off a sweep of the Akron RuberDucks, falling 6-5 on Thursday afternoon at Canal Park.
The Fisher Cats (17-25 first half, 48-61 overall) put up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, which started with a double by Forrest Wall. He moved to third on a groundout and scored when Adams reached on an error. Nash Knight followed with a double to left field and Adams scored.
Nolan Jones homered in the bottom of the first inning for the RubberDucks to make it 2-1. Akron (15-26/49-61) moved in front in the second on a sacrifice fly by Alexis Pantoja with the bases loaded and a single by Ernie Clement.
The Fisher Cats took a short-lived lead in the top of the third. Espinal homered to start the inning and Adams, who had singled, scored when Kevin Smith reached on a fielder's choice. Akron made it 4-4 in the bottom of the third inning. Mitch Longo singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Nellie Rodriguez.
A home run by Adams in the top of the fifth inning gave the Fisher Cats the lead for the third time in the game, 5-4. Again, the RubberDucks moved back in front in the bottom of the inning on a single by Andruw Monasterio and a fielder's choice grounder by Pantoja.
Jake Paulson (9-7) allowed five runs, three earned, to pick up the win. The RubberDucks received scoreless relief in this one from Kyle Dowdy and Dalbert Siri.
William Ouellette (1-2) was tagged with loss after coming on for starter Hector Perez. New Hampshire relievers Vinny Nittoli and Jake Fishman combined to keep Akron off the board for the final 3 2/3 innings.
The Fisher Cats head to Erie to open a series with the Western Division-leading SeaWolves on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The next home game for the Fisher Cats will be on Tuesday, Aug. 6 when they host Akron at 7:05 p.m.