Fisher Cats win Game 1 of Eastern League finals

AKRON, Ohio – Forrest Wall broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a dramatic 3-1 win over the Akron RubberDucks in Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series on Tuesday night at Canal Park.

After T.J. Zeuch (six innings pitched, one run, four hits, four alks, four strikeouts) dueled with Jake Paulsen (seven innings one run three hits. four strikeouts) for the better part of Tuesday night’s game, New Hampshire loaded the bases against Jordan Milbrath (L, 0-1) with two walks and a single in the 10th.

Rob Kaminsky was called in to face Wall, who grounded a 2-0 pitch through the right side to put the Fisher Cats in front, 3-1. Travis Bergen struck out two batters as part of a perfect ninth inning to seal the win.

The score was tied at 1-1 after an RBI single from Nellie Rodriguez in the first, and a run-scoring base knock from Josh Palacios in the fourth.

New Hampshire’s bullpen came up big, with Danny Young Dusty Isaacs and Kirby Snead (W, 1-0) bridging the gap from Zeuch to Bergen.

Wall finished two hits in four trips with two RBIs, and had two of the Fisher Cats five hits.

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. in Akron, with RHP Jon Harris scheduled to face RHP Kyle Dowdy.

The Fisher Cats will host Game 3 on Friday at 6:35 p.m., with Game 4 Saturday and Game 5 Sunday if necessary.