Jones singles, homers, triples, but SeaWolves walk off RubberDucks, 5-4

Nolan Jones hit his first Double-A home run and had his first two Double-A RBI, coming within a double of the cycle in Erie on Monday. (David Monseur)

By Akron RubberDucks | July 15, 2019 11:53 PM


Akron RubberDucks third baseman Nolan Jones came within a double of the cycle to help build a 4-1 lead, but the Erie SeaWolves rallied, and right fielder Derek Hill hit a seventh-inning, game-tying home run and ninth-inning, walk-off single to give Erie a 5-4 win in the series opener at UPMC Park in Erie on Monday night.


Turning Point

With a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning, Erie second baseman Kody Eaves hit a leadoff single to right-center field off left-hander Kyle Nelson (1-4). Catcher Chace Numata doubled to left field, putting runners at second and third base. Right-hander Dalbert Siri entered to face Hill, who grounded the game-winning single through the left side of the infield.


Mound Presence

In his Eastern League debut, RubberDucks right-hander Chih-Wei Hu took the mound with a lead and retired the first six batters he faced. With a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, he allowed a leadoff solo home run to left fielder Cam Gibson. He walked Numata with one out and departed after the second out for right-hander Jordan Stephens , who allowed a single and walk to load the bases before ending the inning with a 2-1 lead. Stephens went 2 1/3 scoreless innings, before left-hander Ben Krauth went 2 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits - including two home runs - to tie the game, 4-4. Nelson struck out two batters to strand runners at first and third base and end the eighth inning. For Erie, right-hander Alex Faedo allowed four runs in five innings, right-hander Logan Shore pitched three scoreless innings, and right-hander Nolan Blackwood (5-2) pitched a scoreless ninth inning.


Duck Tales

The RubberDucks took a first-inning lead against Erie right-hander Alex Faedo. Jones singled down the third-base line, right fielder Trenton Brooks walked, and left fielder Connor Marabell hit an RBI single to center field, scoring Jones. Jones hit a third-inning home run - his first in Double-A - and a fifth-inning RBI triple that made it 4-1.



Shortstop Ernie Clement had two hits to extend a 15-game on-base streak…The SeaWolves have won five straight against Akron and lead the series, 8-2, including two walk-off wins in Erie. The RubberDucks have six walk-off losses this season and are 7-19 in one-run games …Time of game: 3:11…Attendance: 6,816.


On the Pond

The RubberDucks continue their series in Erie at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Cleveland Indians right-hander Danny Salazar will make his second rehab start for Akron, scheduled to face SeaWolves RHP Matt Manning (6-4, 2.77). The game broadcast, powered by FirstEnergy, is on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeartRadio channel, and the TuneIn Radio App, and available on MiLB.TV.

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