Ducks fall 4-3 to Harrisburg on Johnson's 9th-inning homer

Starter Kyle Dowdy allowed two runs over 5.1 innings on Sunday, but got a no-decision as Harrisburg topped the RubberDucks 4-3 at Canal Park. (David Monseur)

By Akron RubberDucks | August 26, 2018 5:49 PM

RubberDucks Game Recap

Senators 4 RubberDucks 3

WP: Jordan Mills (2-1) LP: Rob Kaminsky (1-1) Save: James Bourque (1)

 

Summary

Harrisburg's Daniel Johnson whacked a timely, go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, lifting the Senators to a 4-3 victory over the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.

Turning Point

Johnson hit a screaming live drive that barely cleared the fence in center field, just to the right of the 400-fott marker. It snapped a 3-3 tie, and was Johnson's second homer of the series and fifth of the season. The blast came off Ducks closer Rob Kaminsky (1-1) and snapped Kaminsky's 14-inning scoreless streak.

 

Mound Presence

Kyle Dowdy started for the RubberDucks and worked into the sixth inning before giving up a pair of runs. He scattered six hits and fanned four. Dowdy left with a pair of runners on base in the sixth, both of whom scored against lefty David Speer. Once Speer took over, two runs scored on a throwing error and another on a base hit by Osvaldo Abreu to give the Senators a 3-1 lead.

 

Duck Tales

Back-to-back RBI singles by Andrew Calica and Tyler Krieger tied the game, 3-3, in the seventh inning. In the ninth, Alexis Pantoja walked, but Senators closer James Borque retired the next three hitters to earn his first save.

 

Notebook

The RubberDucks (74-58) lost two of three against the Senators (65-64)…Akron's magic number for clinching a playoff spot now stands at one…An Akron win or a Harrisburg loss during the final eight games of the regular season will guarantee the RubberDucks a spot in the EL post-season field…Pantoja had two hits for Akron, including an RBI single in the second off Senators starter Cesar Vargas…Jordan Mills (2-1) picked up the win with 1.1 innings of shutout relief…Time of game: 3:14… Attendance: 7,092.

 

On the Pond

The RubberDucks will continue the homestand on Monday night at 7:05, when they welcome the Bowie Baysox for the start of a four-game series. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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