Fisher Cats Come Alive Late, Stun Aeros in Ninth
Manchester, NH—New Hampshire right fielder Brad Glenn emerged as the hero Wednesday night when he laced a run-scoring single to complete an improbable, five-run, ninth-inning comeback for the Fisher Cats in a 9-8 victory over the Akron Aeros at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The Aeros (32-33) led 8-4, going to the home ninth inning, but the Fisher Cats sent nine batters to the plate and scored five times to claim the win. Prior to Wednesday, the Cats were 0-27, when trailing after eight innings.
Glenn, a former star at the University of Arizona and 23rd round pick of the Blue Jays in 2009, lined a 1-1 pitch from Jose Flores (5-2) into left field to score A.J. Jimenez with the winning run. It was Glenn’s second hit of the game, and handed Flores his first blown save of the season in seven chances.
Glenn’s hit was the final of five consecutive, two-out hits in the ninth for the Fisher Cats (32-34). After the first two batters reached to lead off the ninth, Aeros righthander Trey Haley rebounded to strike out the next two hitters. He then gave up an RBI double to Kevin Pillar before yielding to Flores with the score 8-5. Ryan Schimpf greeted Flores with a two-run single to make it 8-7. Jimenez was next and drilled a single to center. Clint Robinson then stepped to the plate and sent a sharp grounder to the right side. Second baseman Jose Ramirez made a diving stop, but got up and threw wildly past first, allowing Schimpf to score the tying run. Jimenez moved to third and scored on Glenn’s haymaker.
All told, the Cats faced 11 pitches in the 9th when they were down to their final strike. It was New Hampshire’s first win against the Aeros in five tries.
Akron took what appeared to be a commanding lead with four runs in the eighth to brak a 4-4 tie. Ronny Rodriguez stroked an RBI single, one of his three hits and three RBI on the night. Tyler Holt added a two-run single, and Jesus Aguilar chipped in a run-scoring double for his 51st RBI.
Chorye Spoone (3-2) earned the win for New Hampshire with a scoreless top of the ninth, preceding the five-run eruption in the home ninth.
Akron also squandered a four-run lead in the third when a fielding error opened the door for four unearned runs off starter Toru Murata to tie the game, 4-4.
Akron’s Carlos Moncrief was 2-5, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, which matches the team-high for the season.
The Aeros and Fisher Cats will play the rubber game of the series on Thursday night at 7:05. RHP Brett Brach (3-2, 4.54) will start for the Aeros, while RHP Ryan Tepera (6-4, 4.12) will get the ball for the Cats. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1350 AM, and online at www.sportsradio1350.com. For more information, please call the Aeros at 330-253-5151. Follow the team on Twitter @akronaeros or on Facebook at facebook.com/theakronaeros.