RubberDucks 3 Senators 1
WP: D.J. Brown (2-3) LP: Colin Bates (6-6) SV: Jeff Johnson (26)
Akron's Jake Lowery stroked a three-run home run, and D.J. Brown hurled seven impressive innings and struck out seven, as the RubberDucks captured a 3-1 victory over the Harrisburg Senators Saturday night at Metro Bank Park.
With no one out and two runners on base in the top of the third inning, Lowery worked a full count against Harrisburg starter Colin Bates (6-6) and then drilled a line-drive homer to right field to give Akron a 3-0 lead. It was Lowery's third home run of the season. He has homered in each of his last two starts, and now has 19 RBI.
In his most impressive outing since joining the RubberDucks last month, Brown (2-3) worked seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits. He gave up a lead-off triple to Wilmer Difo in the fourth, and a sacrifice fly to the next hitter, Brian Goodwin, to make it 3-1, but clamped down the Senators after that. Brown walked only one and set his new, season-high with seven strikeouts. Right-hander Josh Martin came on in the eighth and retired three hitters, two via strikeout. CloserJeff Johnson followed suit in the ninth, fanning a pair of hitters en route to his 26th save in 27 chances.
Lowery also added a single in the fifth inning to finish 2-4. Yonathan Mendoza reached base four times, collecting two singles and drawing two walks.
The RubberDucks (71-69) stayed alive in the race for the EL West wild card as both Altoona and Richmond lost Saturday night….To make the playoffs, Akron must win each of the final two games against Harrisburg, Altoona must lose the final two games against Binghamton, and Richmond must lose one of their remaining two games against Reading…Time of game: 2:17…Attendance: 4,968.
The RubberDucks and Senators (67-73) will play Game 3 of the series Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at Metro Bank Park. RHP Adam Plutko is expected to start for Akron, and RHP Austin Voth is the announced starter for Harrisburg. The game will be broadcast on News-Talk 640 AM and at www.akronrubberducks.com.