RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks 6 Senators 2
WP: Jake Paulson (8-5) LP: Wil Crowe (0-4) Save: R.C Orlan (2)
Akron's Jake Paulson hurled seven innings to earn his eighth win, and Li-Jen Chu drilled his first Double-A homer, as the RubberDucks dispatched the Harrisburg Senators, 6-2, Saturday night at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
Already holding a 2-1 lead, the RubberDucks (74-57) scored three runs in the third inning to build a 5-1 lead against Wil Crowe (0-4). Andrew Calica socked a one-out, solo homer, and Chu later blasted a two-run shot to left. Calica's homer was his sixth of the year and his first since June 25th. It was the first homer at the Double-A level for Chu, who has been with the team since August 13th. He hit eight at Single-A Lynchburg before his call-up.
Paulson (8-5) was outstanding in his seven innings of work. He allowed a pair of solo homers to Dan Johnson in the first and Dan Gamache in the fourth. Beyond that, the right-hander was in command. He did not issue a walk and struck out five. Nick Sandlin followed Paulson and recorded a pair of outs in the eighth, but also gave up two hits. He left in favor of lefty RC Orlan with runners on the corners, and Orlan fanned Gamache to end the threat.
Daniel Salters stroked a two-run single off Crowe in the second inning to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Nellie Rodriguez gave the Ducks some insurance with an RBI double in the eight. Calica finished 3-4 on the night.
Akron needed the win desperately because the Altoona Curve swept a doubleheader from Richmond…The Ducks and Curve are now tied atop the EL West with nine games to play…The Ducks now have a magic number of two over the Senators for clinching a playoff spot……Time of game: 2:21… Attendance: 8,354 (sellout).
On the Pond
The RubberDucks and Senators will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 2:05. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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