Right-handed pitcher Steve Wright allowed four runs in the bottom of the second inning that proved to be the difference as the Akron Aeros lost game one of a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-1 Friday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Wright allowed all seven runs and suffered the loss for Akron tossing six innings, scattering seven hits, walking five and striking out six.
Right-handed pitcher Nestor Molina recorded the win for New Hampshire tossing six innings, giving up one earned run on four hits and striking out eight while walking one.
The Fisher Cats (66-52) got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Mike McDade and Moises Sierra rapped back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Mark Sobolewski singled home McDade to give New Hampshire a 1-0 lead. Yan Gomes walked to load the bases. Wright then uncorked a wild pitch to allow Sierra to score to make it 2-0. Sobolewski came across to score on a ground out to increase the Fisher Cat lead to 3-0. Later in the frame, Kevin Howard singled home Gomes to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, New Hampshire increased their lead to 5-0 on a sacrifice fly.
Travis d’Arnaud and McDade hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 7-0.
Akron (62-57) grabbed a run in the top of the sixth inning on a Raul Padron RBI double, but that was as close as they would get as New Hampshire went on to the win.
The Aeros and Fisher Cats will continue their three-game series on Saturday.