RubberDucks 4 Rumble Ponies 0
WP: Aaron Civale (1-0) LP: Daniel Zamora (0-1) Save: none
Akron's Aaron Civale tossed six shutout innings to earn his first Double-A win, and Sicnarf Loopstok drove in two runs with a timely, bases-loaded single, as the RubberDucks blanked the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 4-0, Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, New York.
The RubberDucks (4-3) scored all four runs and collected all four of their hits in the second inning against Ponies starter Daniel Zamora (0-1). With one out and the bases loaded, Loopstok grounded a sharp single into left field to give Akron a 2-0 lead. A passed ball allowed Joe Sever to cross the plate for a 3-0 lead, and then, with two outs, Ka'ai Tom launched a run-scoring triple off the right field wall to cap the scoring and hand the RubberDucks a 4-0 lead.
Civale (1-0) proved nearly unhittable in his second Double-A start. The 22-year-old right-hander out of East Windsor, Conn, worked six scoreless innings and allowed just three harmless singles, none after the third innings. He walked none and fanned seven. He used his arsenal of cutters, sliders and curves along with a low-90's fastball to baffle the Ponies batters. Of Civale's 85 pitches, 55 were strikes. Rated as the Indians' 14th top prospect by Baseball America, Civale retired the final 11 batters he faced. Argenis Angulo, Luke Eubank and Dom DeMasi all chipped a scoreless inning of relief to complete the whitewash.
Loopstok had four RBI in the series. Andrew Calica had a double in the four-run rally. He later walked in the ninth. Tom hit in the lead-off spot for the first time this season.
The win completed a three-game sweep for the Ducks, who also completed a winning road trip…The Rumble Ponies (3-3) did not muster a hit after the third inning…Tim Tebow was 1-3…Game time temperature was 45 degrees…Time of game: 2:19…Attendance: 910.
On the Pond
After an off-day Thursday, the RubberDucks will return to Canal Park on Friday for the 2018 home opener. Game time is 6:35 p.m. against the Trenton Thunder. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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