AKRON, Ohio -- Forrest Wall and Santiago Espinal drew bases-loaded walks in the top of the ninth and Dany Jimenez came out of the bullpen to record his first Double-A save as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats rallied past the Akron RubberDucks 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Canal Park in Eastern League play.
Chad Spanberger started the ninth with a double, and then Akron reliever Henry Martinez walked four Fisher Cats. Martinez (0-1) took the loss.
Akron took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with three consecutive hits. Conner Marabell singled and scored on a double by Alex Call. Mitch Longo followed with a run-scoring single to give the RubberDucks a 2-0 lead. Those were the only runs allowed by starter Justin Dillon in his six innings. Brad Wilson (1-0) followed with two innings of scoreless relief and Jimenez worked around a lead-off walk to Call in the ninth for the save.
New Hampshire scored its other run in the top of the fifth inning. Logan Warmoth singled and stole second. Espinal brought him in with a single to center field.
Akron's starter Sam Hentges allowed just the one run in his five innings. He struck out nine including seven consecutive batters between the first and third innings. In all, the RubberDucks combined to strikeout 17 Fisher Cats batters on the day.
The series concludes with another matinee on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. at Canal Park. The next home game for the Fisher Cats will be a week from Tuesday, Aug. 6, against Akron.