Portland Sea Dogs left-hander Daniel McGrath held the Akron RubberDucks to two runs - one earned - in six innings, and shortstop C.J. Chatham, the Eastern League's leading hitter, hit the deciding double in the sixth inning to give the home team a 3-2 rubber match victory at Hadlock Field on Sunday afternoon.
After Portland took one-run leads in the second and fourth innings that the RubberDucks matched in the third and fifth innings, the game was tied, 2-2, entering the bottom of the sixth inning. Center fielder Jarren Duran led off against left-hander Adam Scott (4-3) and reached on a ground ball to third baseman Nolan Jones . After right fielder Marcus Wilson's flyout, Duran stole second base with Chatham batting. On the eighth pitch of the at bat, Chatham doubled to left-center field, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead and ending Scott's start after 5 1/3 innings.
Scott pitched at least five innings for a 10th straight start since joining Akron. In the second inning, he allowed left fielder Luke Tendler's one-out single and stolen base, but his errant pickoff throw to center field scored an unearned run. Wilson's fourth-inning leadoff home run was Portland's only earned run. Scott allowed three runs on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Right-hander Henry Martinez walked a batter before retiring five in a row. Right-hander Dalbert Siri worked around a leadoff triple in a scoreless eighth inning, extending an eight-game, 7 2/3-inning scoreless streak.
The RubberDucks loaded the bases with three first-inning walks but did not score. In the third inning, right fielder Trenton Brooks hit a two-out double to right-center field, and designated hitter Connor Marabell hit an RBI single to left field for a 1-1 tie. In the fifth inning, shortstop Ernie Clement reached on an error, stole second base and was retired in a rundown when Brooks hit into a fielder's choice and reached second base. Marabell's single to center field then tied the game, 2-2.
Marabell has five two-hit games and seven RBI in his last nine games…Akron was the first Eastern League club in three months to score multiple runs in a game off McGrath, who entered Sunday with one earned run allowed in his previous 59 Eastern League innings…The Sea Dogs won the season series, 5-1…Time of game: 2:37…Attendance: 7,085.
On the Pond
After the 3-3 road trip, the RubberDucks open a three-game homestand with the Trenton Thunder at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber is scheduled to make a rehab start. 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. Tickets for RubberDucks home games are available at akronrubberducks.com/tickets.
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