MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats did something Wednesday night they haven’t done before this season: They beat the Akron Aeros.
Trailing by four runs entering the bottom of the ninth, the Fisher Cats scored five times to post a 9-8 victory.
It was the first time New Hampshire has beaten Akron in five tries this season. The Aeros swept a three-game series earlier this month, and posted a 7-0 triumph on Tuesday.
Right-fielder Brad Glenn collected the game-winning hit when his single to left scored catcher A.J. Jimenez with two outs in the ninth. The ninth inning also featured an RBI double by Kevin Pillar and a two-run single by Ryan Schimpf, who scored the game-tying run on a throwing error that followed Clint Robinson’s infield single.
Chorye Spoone (3-2) picked up the win by tossing an inning of scoreless relief.It was 4-4 until Akron scored four runs against reliever Dustin Antolin in the eighth. All four runs were scored with two outs.
Akron shortstop Ronny Rodriguez had three hits and three RBIs in the loss, including a two-run single in the eighth.
Pillar, Jimenez, Robinson and Glenn each had two hits for the Fisher Cats (32-34). Pillar, Schimpf and Robinson also had two RBIs apiece.
Akron (32-33) pounced on New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire for four runs in the first two innings, three of which were scored in the second.
The Fisher Cats tied the game by scoring four unearned runs in the third. The big blow was Robinson’s two-run home run that made it a 4-4 contest.
The Fisher Cats also received an RBI single from Pillar and a sacrifice fly from Jimenez in the third. Five of New Hampshire 12 hits came in that inning. The Fisher Cats didn’t have another hit until the ninth.
It was still 4-4 when reliever Randy Boone replaced McGuire with one out in the sixth. McGuire allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out three. The four runs he allowed were all earned.
Akron starter Toru Murate pitched five innings and surrendered six hits. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.
The teams will meet in Manchester again tonight (7:05). New Hampshire’s Ryan Tepera (6-4, 4.12) is scheduled to face Akron’s Brett Brach (3-2, 4.54).