Forrest Wall’s two-run single in the 10th inning lifted the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 3-1 triumph over the Akron RubberDucks in Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series Tuesday night at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
New Hampshire leads the best-of-five series, 1-0, entering Game 2 tonight at 6:35 in Akron.
Wall deposited his game-winning single into right field, scoring Andrew Guillotte and Santiago Espinal.
Wall, the Fisher Cats’ No. 9 batter, went 2-for-4 in the win. The 22-year-old has logged at least two hits in five of his last seven games.
Wall joined New Hampshire on July 26, when the Colorado Rockies traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Travis Bergen pitched the bottom of the 10th for the Fisher Cats, striking out Ka’ai Tom and Tyler Krieger before Nellie Rodriguez flew out to Wall in center field to end the game.
New Hampshire stole four bases and turned three double plays en route to the victory.
Akron opened the game’s scoring in the first inning on a Rodriguez single to left field that scored Tom. The Fisher Cats knotted the score when Cavan Biggio crossed home plate in the fourth inning on Joshua Palacios’ single.
Reliever Kirby Snead earned the win after striking out one batter over 1⅓ innings. The lefty inherited runners on first and second base when he relieved Dusty Isaacs with two out in the eighth inning. Snead proceeded to strike out Sam Haggerty on four pitches to end the RubberDucks’ scoring threat.
New Hampshire starter T.J. Zuech, Toronto’s No. 15 prospect according to MLB.com, took a no decision. The right-hander from Mason, Ohio, pitched six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and four walks alongside four strikeouts.
Akron reliever Jordan Milbrath took the loss, allowing two earned runs on one hit and two walks over 1⅔ innings. RubberDucks starter Jake Paulson allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out four over seven innings.