The Fish had the lead and lost it in the late innings of the final game of the series. For the Canaries it was a solid effort to avoid a four-game sweep, but for the Fish it was an unfortunate breakdown during the final days of the regular season, snapping their eight-game win streak.
After three scoreless innings and superb starting pitching from both sides to start the game, the Fish finally broke the deadlock in the fourth when Tyler Kuhn singled and easily stole second base. Then Reggie Abercrombie drove him home with a single of his own to centre field to open the scoring.
Then in the fifth, Josh Mazzola crushed a double to right field and tagged up a play later to take third base with one out. With two away, lead-off man Brock Bond took advantage of the opportunity when he slapped a soft single into right field to score Mazzola and take the 2-0 lead.
The Canaries' had their first big opportunity in the sixth-inning when Sam Lind led off with a double to right field, but an awkward bounce off of the wall nearly gave right fielder Mazzola an opening to throw Lind out at second base. The throw was mishandled by second bagger Kuhn.
So with a runner in scoring position and no out, starting pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth came up strong for the Fish by sending the next three batters back to the dugout to get out of a little trouble.
The Fish added another lone-run when it was their turn in the bottom of the sixth. Jake Blackwood led off with a double to left field, which was followed by a Kuhn line-drive over the pitcher's head that allowed the speedy Blackwood to score from second.
The game started get away from Hollingsworth in seventh after giving up a double to A.J. Kirby-Jones. Kirby-Jones tagged up to take third and then scored off a short grounder. Two batters later outfielder Chris Valencia made it 3-2 with a solo home run to right field that ended Hollingsworth's outing.
In the eighth, the Canaries picked up another run to complete the comeback and then some.
With a runner on second, two out and the count 2-and-2, Carlos Mendez launched a two-run home run off of Fish reliever Brendan Lafferty to take a 5-3 lead.
On the Mound
Through the first five innings of the game Hollingsworth was excellent, only giving up two hits and threw six innings of shutout baseball.
The rookie pitcher's record remains the same 7-1 by earning a no decision after tossing 6.2 innings while striking out seven. Reliever Chris Kissock took the loss in this game.
The Fish have the day off today and then they hit the road to take on the St. Paul Saints in a three-game set, before coming back on Friday to close-out the regular season at Shaw Park.