RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks 4 SeaWolves 0
WP: Kyle Dowdy (4-8) LP: Spenser Watkins (1-2) Save: none
Akron's Kyle Dowdy tossed six shutout innings and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, and Andrew Calica clubbed a two-run double, as the RubberDucks claimed a 4-0 victory over the Erie SeaWolves Friday night at UPMC Park in Erie, Pa.
The RubberDucks (76-61) scored three crucial runs in the fifth off Spenser Watkins (1-2). With two men on and one out, Ernie Clement doubled into the right-center gap, scoring Daniel Salters to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. Calica was up next and crushed a double to the wall in right field, chasing in two more to extend the lead to 4-0. It was Calica's 21st double. In the last 10 games, Calica is 12-32 (.375).
Dowdy (4-8) picked up his first win in the Indians organization with a sparkling, six-inning effort. He allowed three harmless singles, walked three and fanned nine batters, which ties a season-high for the Ducks. Facing his former team, Dowdy used an overpowering fastball to put away hitter after hitter. He struck out the side in his final inning. Nick Sandlin, James Karinchak and Argenis Angulo all chipped in a scoreless inning to complete the whitewash. It was Akron's 13th shutout of the season.
Nellie Rodriguez belted an RBI triple in the fourth inning to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Clement finished 2-5, as did Calica. Sam Haggerty was 2-3 with a walk and a steal, his 24th of the year.
The SeaWolves (62-75) used four relievers after Watkins left in the fifth, and they all tossed scoreless baseball…The Ducks entered the day one game behind Altoona in the EL West race…The Curve led Bowie, 8-4 in the 11th inning with the game in a rain delay at press time…Akron and Altoona will meet in the first round of the playoffs, but home field advantage will be determined by the division championship…Three games remain in the regular season…Akron went 11-18 in August and lost a seven-game lead in the division…Time of game: 2:54…Attendance: Not announced.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks and SeaWolves will continue the series on Saturday evening at 6:05. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App
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