RubberDucks Game Recap
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WP: Luis Lugo (6-6) LP: Ryan Castellani (8-10) Save: none
Akron's Luis Lugo allowed just one run over 5.1 innings, and Francisco Mejia reached base four times, as the RubberDucks knocked off the Hartford Yard Goats, 5-2, in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
The RubberDucks (52-54) scored three times in the fifth to build a 4-0 lead against Ryan Castellani (8-10). Bobby Bradley stroked an RBI single, and Joe Sever delivered a clutch, two-out, two-run double to give the Ducks a four-run cushion.
Akron starter Luis Lugo (6-6) earned his second straight win by hurling 5.1 innings and allowing just one run. Lugo scattered seven hits, and struck out four. He ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a run on a single by Correlle Prime, and walking two to load the bases, but Robbie Aviles came in and got a timely, double-play grounder to retire the side. Aviles set down all four batters he faced. Leandro Linares chipped in a scoreless inning in the eighth.
Francisco Mejia was 2-3, with two RBI. He doubled in the first, drove in a run with a single in the third, drew a walk in the fifth and was hit with the bases loaded in the sixth. He was finally retired in the eighth when he smashed a line drive off the glove of Hartford reliever Johendi Jiminian and was thrown out by the shortstop for a 1-6-3 putout. Sever was 2-3, and extended his hit streak to five games. Greg Allen also had a productive night, going 2-3, with a double. He was also hit by pitches twice. Allen stole a base, scored twice and made a sensational, running catch in the ninth to take extra bases away from Josh Fuentes.
Akron beat the Yard Goats (48-59) for the first time in four tries this season…Injured Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis played the first six innings of the game on a minor league rehab assignment and went 0-4…Prime homered in the ninth inning off Akron reliever Cameron Hill to make it 5-2…Akron remained five games out of first and 3.5 games out of second in the EL West as both Bowie and Altoona won…Akron is now 29-27 at home this season…Time of game: 2:47… Attendance: 4,928.
The RubberDucks and Yard Goats will continue the series on Wednesday night at 7:05. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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