Game 1: Akron RubberDucks 7 - Altoona Curve 0
WP: Zach Plesac (1-0) LP: Scooter Hightower (0-1) Save: None
Game 2: Akron RubberDucks 10 - Altoona Curve 7
WP: Luke Eubank (1-1) LP: Tate Scioneaux (1-1) Save: James Karinchak (1)
RubberDucks pitcher Zach Plesac pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 7-0 Game 1 win, and Akron had an eight-run sixth inning for a 10-7 win in Game 2, sweeping Saturday's doubleheader over the Altoona Curve at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The RubberDucks took a 2-0 first-inning lead but broke open Game 1 with a five-run fifth inning, with right fielder Connor Marabell's two-run double and first baseman Wilson Garcia 's three-run double. In Game 2, Akron trailed, 6-2, entering the sixth inning, but third baseman Tyler Krieger and center fielder Ka'ai Tom each hit two-run homers, and left fielder Mitch Longo and right fielder Daniel Johnson each hit two-run singles to give Akron a 10-6 lead in a 14-batter inning.
In Game 1, Plesac (1-0) worked around a pair of second-inning singles by inducing a double play to keep a 2-0 lead. That began a stretch of retiring 12 batters in a row, and he faced three batters over the minimum before departing with two outs and a runner at second base in the seventh inning. Right-hander Argenis Angulo got the final out. In Game 2, left-hander David Speer made his first start since May 22, 2018, and allowed a run in three innings. Right-hander Luke Eubank (1-1) allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings but earned the win. Right-hander James Karinchak struck out the game's final two batters with the tying run at the plate to earn the save.
All nine spots in the Game 2 lineup scored a run for Akron. Alexis Pantoja became the first RubberDuck this season with a four-hit game, while Johnson, with a two-run home run and two-run single, became the first with a four-RBI showing.
Akron earned its first doubleheader sweep since May 22, 2018, against the Trenton Thunder…Before Saturday, Altoona had won each of the clubs' first five meetings, including all four on Opening Weekend at Canal Park…Plesac came within an out of Akron's first complete game shutout (at least seven innings) since 2015…Akron hit three home runs in Game 2, after going homerless outside of the four it hit April 5 against Altoona…Time of games: 1:55 & 2:38… Attendance: 5,014.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks conclude the series in Altoona on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EDT. LHP Tanner Tully (0-0, 3.00) will start for Akron, and RHP James Marvel (1-1, 3.09) will start for the Curve. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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