RubberDucks 4 Thunder 3
WP: Luke Eubank (2-0) LP: James Reeves (1-1) Save: David Speer (1)
Akron's Sicnarf Loopstok clubbed a go-ahead, two-run triple, and Dorssys Paulino added insurance with a two-run homer, as the RubberDucks claimed a 4-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder late Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, New Jersey.
The RubberDucks (22-16) rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. With one out, Willi Castro reached on a fielding error and Connor Marabell singled. After a pop-out by Bobby Bradley for the second out, Loopstok sent a gapper to left-center for a two-run triple off James Reeves (1-1) to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. After the Thunder brought in Matt Frawley for his Double-A debut, Paulino lined a two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-1. It was Paulino's third homer of the year.
Akron starter Dominic DeMasi was stellar in his first start of the year for the RubberDucks. The right-hander went 6.2 innings and allowed one run on four hits in a no-decision. Luke Eubank (2-0) followed with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Lefty David Speer earned the save despite giving up a pair of runs in the ninth. He fanned Trenton's Jeff Hendrix with the tying run on base to end the game.
Marabell was 2-4. Andrew Calica returned to the starting lineup after missing a week with a sore ankle and went 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
The game was delayed 2 hours and 14 minutes at the outset due to rain and lightning…The teams have split the first two games of the series…Time of game: 2:36… Attendance: 3,746.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks and Thunder will play the series finale on Wednesday morning at 10:30. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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