While Cleveland Indians right-hander Danny Salazar pitched a scoreless first inning in a rehab appearance for the Akron RubberDucks, Altoona Curve left-hander Domingo Robles (4-6) pitched a five-hit, nine-inning shutout in his team's 5-0 series-opening win for the home team at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Monday night.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when RubberDucks right-hander Eli Morgan (6-4) hit catcher Jason Delay with a pitch to begin the inning. Second baseman Adrian Valerio singled to right field, and Morgan walked center fielder Jared Oliva with one out. Right fielder Bligh Madris singled off Morgan's glove to drive in a run, and designated hitter Logan Hill hit a two-run single into left field for a 3-0 Altoona lead.
Making his first rehab appearance since being placed on the 10-Day MLB Injured List with a right groin strain on Aug. 2, Salazar threw eight pitches (six strikes) and had one strikeout and one hit batter in the first inning. In his first relief appearance since 2017, Morgan began the second inning. After allowing three runs in the third inning, he pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings before yielding two runs on Valerio's sixth-inning single. Left-hander Hector Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning in his Eastern League debut, and right-hander Henry Martinez pitched a scoreless eighth inning. For Altoona, Robles only allowed one baserunner to reach second base, walked one and struck out five, throwing 95 pitches in his second home shutout of Akron. He pitched seven innings in Game 1 of a June 8 doubleheader.
In the third inning, Akron had consecutive one-out singles by third baseman Nolan Jones and designated hitter Mitch Longo , but Robles retired the next two batters and never again allowed a runner to reach scoring position. He also retired the last 10 batters of the game in order.
The Curve pitched its Eastern League-leading 17th shutout of the season, while the RubberDucks were shut out for the 12th time…Robles has pitched 16 scoreless innings against Akron in Altoona but allowed five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings at Canal Park on July 2…Altoona leads the season series, 11-4…Time of game: 2:04…Attendance: 3,333.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks continue their series in Altoona at 6:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Akron RHP Kyle Dowdy (0-0, 3.94) is scheduled to face Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (7-4, 2.97). The game broadcast, powered by FirstEnergy, is on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeartRadio channel, and the TuneIn Radio App, and available on MiLB.TV. Tickets for RubberDucks home games are available at akronrubberducks.com/tickets.
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