Fisher Cats drubbed, lose fourth straight
Matt Packer allowed eight hits and two runs over six innings to lead host Akron past slumping New Hampshire 11-2 in an Eastern League contest Wednesday at Canal Park in Ohio.
New Hampshire (28-32) has lost four straight games, including the first two games of its six-game road trip.
The Fisher Cats got off to a good start against Packer, scoring a run in the third and fourth innings. Four straight singles to open the third inning by Brad Glenn, Kevin Ahrens, Tommy Manzella and Kevin Pillar produced the run. But Packer retired the next three New Hampshire batters to escape further trouble.
Glenn extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning with a solo homer to center.
Akron battled back, getting its first run in the home fourth on an RBI single from Justin Toole.
The Aeros tied the game in the fifth when Ronny Rodriguez doubled and later scored on a force out by Jesus Aguilar. Akron took the lead for good in the sixth inning when a sacrifice fly from Rodriguez plated Giovanny Urshela, who doubled to lead off the frame.
Akron jumped on reliever Tyson Brummett for four runs in the seventh inning. Carlos Moncrief belted his seventh season homer, a three-run shot, and later in the inning Jose Ramirez singled home Urshela for a 7-2 lead.
The lead swelled to 11-2 in the home eighth as Brummett got shelled for four more runs. Moncrief had an RBI single, Jake Lowery added an RBI double and Urshela sent Brummett to the showers with a two-run homer, his fifth of the season.
Packer (3-5) struck out two and walked no one on 90 pitches, 58 for strikes.
New Hampshire starter Marcus Walden (4-6, 3.25 ERA) registered the mound loss. In six innings, he allowed five hits, three runs and four walks with one strikeout. He threw 96 pitches, 58 for strikes.
The lone bright note for New Hampshire was lead-off hitter Pillar, who collected three more hits and raised his batting average to .323.
New Hampshire tries to salvage the series finale tonight at 7:05 p.m., sending righthander Deck McGuire (3-5, 5.40 ERA) against Akron righty Toru Murata (2-3, 4.02 ERA).