C’s Alumni Update – Zeuch, Young, Palacios & Pentecost Help Fisher Cats Down RubberDucks In Eastern League Finals Opener

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Travis Bergen notched the save for New Hampshire in the opener of the Eastern League final Tuesday.


cs_alumni_update_new_logoThe New Hampshire Fisher Cats are two wins away from winning the Eastern League final after defeating the Akron RubberDucks 3-1 in 10 innings Tuesday at Canal Park.

2016 Vancouver Canadians righthander T.J. Zeuch got the starting assignment and was zinged for a run in the first inning when he walked a pair of hitters with one out before Nellie Rodriguez had an RBI single. Zeuch then got a double play ball to limit the damage.

The Fisher Cats looked like they were going to score first against rehabbing big leaguer Cody Anderson in the first.

The Fisher Cats were turned away by Jake Paulson in the first but tied it thanks to the efforts of two 2016 Canadians. Cavan Biggio reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base and eventually came home on a Josh Palacios base hit up the middle against Paulson.

 

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Andrew Guillotte scored the winning run in Game 1 for New Hampshire.


New Hampshire broke the tie in the 10th when 2014 C’s catcher Max Pentecost drew a leadoff walk against Jordan Milbrath. A sacrifice bunt by Palacios and a single by Santiago Espinal got Pentecost over to third. Andrew Guillotte entered the game to pinch-run for Pentecost. After Espinal stole second base, 2014-2015 C’s infielder Gunnar Heidt was given an intentional pass to load the bases. Forrest Wall stepped up and slapped a single to right field to score Guillotte and Espinal to give the Fisher Cats a two-run lead.

2015-2017 C’s lefthander Travis Bergen made sure there was no Akron comeback as he struck out the first two hitters enroute to a perfect inning to record the save.

Bergen’s work wrapped up four shutout innings by the bullpen. Four of those outs were supplied by 2015 C’s southpaw Danny Young. He got a double play ball in the seventh to survive a pair of singles.

Young left a walk in the eighth for Dusty Isaacs and Kirby Snead to deal with. That duo got the final two outs of the frame. Snead would get the win.

Zeuch gave up four hits and four walks over six inning but it only led to one run thanks to four strikeouts and six groundouts, four of them coming on double play balls.

2011 Vancouver infielder Jon Berti walked in five trips to the plate and stole a base. Biggio, Pentecost and Heidt also drew bases on balls.

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