RubberDucks Game Recap
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WP: Shane Bieber (1-1) LP: Cole Irvin (5-2) Save: none
Akron's Francisco Mejia socked a three-run homer and drove in four RBI, and right-hander Shane Bieber earned his first Double-A win, as the RubberDucks throttled the Reading Fightin Phils, 14-4, Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
Holding a 3-1 lead, the RubberDucks (54-55) sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth inning against Reading starter Cole Irvin (5-2). Todd Hankins and Mejia each drilled two-out, three-run homers to extend the lead to 9-1. For Hankins, it was his second of the year, and for Mejia, it was homer number 11.
Bieber (1-1) was sensational from the start, going six full innings in his third Akron start. He scattered six hits and allowed one run while walking none and striking out seven. Bieber threw 92 pitches, 60 of which were strikes. The win is his first at the Double-A level, but among three stops in the Indians minor league system this year, he has won nine games.
The RubberDucks socked four homers in the game. Eric Haase drilled his team-high 21st of the season in the second to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. After the prolific fourth inning that produced the three-run bombs by Mejia and Hankins, Taylor Murphy went deep in the fifth inning when he crushed a two-run shot to center to give Akron an 11-1 lead. It was his first swing of the season after sitting out the first three months following surgery to repair torn ligament in his right thumb.
Akron tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh on a trio of bases-loaded walks by reading relievers…Mejia was 2-4 on the night and raised his average to .319. He chipped in a sacrifice fly in the third inning…All three teams ahead of the RubberDucks-Bowie, Altoona and Erie-lost games on Friday, leaving Akron just three games out of first place with 31 to play…Time of game: 2:47… Attendance: 6,782.
The RubberDucks and Fightin Phils will continue the series on Saturday night at 6:35. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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