RubberDucks Drop 5-3 Decision to Erie in Salazar's Second Rehab Start

Alexis Pantoja had a two-hit night and also scored a pair of runs in Akron's 5-3 defeat against Erie on Tuesday. (David Monseur)

By Akron RubberDucks | July 16, 2019 10:33 PM


The Erie SeaWolves used a three-run fifth inning and a solid start from Matt Manning to down the Akron RubberDucks 5-3 on Tuesday at UMPC Park in Erie in Danny Salazar 's second rehab start of the season for Akron.


Turning Point

After the RubberDucks carried a slim 2-1 lead to the bottom of the fifth, the SeaWolves took the lead for good with a three-run inning. A sacrifice fly from Jose Azocar and an RBI single from Cam Gibson were followed by a bases-loaded walk drawn by Josh Lester, which brought home what ended up being the winning run.


Mound Presence

Indians pitcher Danny Salazar got the start for the RubberDucks in his second double-A rehab appearance and went three innings, allowing one run. Salazar got out of a bases loaded jam in the opening inning, but the second started with a solo home run off the bat of Josh Lester for the game's opening run. Salazar got through the third unscathed and then was replaced by Anderson Polanco in his season debut for Akron. After the RubberDucks took a lead in the top of the fifth, Polanco surrendered a three-spot to the SeaWolves in the bottom half of the frame on four singles and two walks before Yapson Gomez came in with one out and got a crucial double play. Gomez pitched into the eighth, where he was replaced with two on and two out by Robert Broom ; a single from Isaac Paredes brought one of the inherited runners home and gave Erie and insurance run.


Duck Tales

The RubberDuck offense didn't get going until the third when they responded to the Erie solo homer with a run on a Nolan Jones RBI infield single. The Ducks then took the lead in the fifth when Alexis Pantoja and Ernie Clement singles were followed by an RBI base knock from Trenton Brooks . After a one-two-three sixth, Akron again got on the board in the seventh when Nolan Jones had his second RBI of the game and his second home run in two nights when he launched a solo shot to right. Andruw Monasterio and Nellie Rodriguez each hit singles in the eighth, but a double play ended the threat and the RubberDucks went in order in the ninth.



A fifth-inning single extended Ernie Clement's on-base streak to 16 games; his hit tally in the month of July now stands at 17, good for third-most in the Eastern League … Danny Salazar's line through two rehab starts in Akron now sits at 5.2 innings, 2 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, 3 walks, and 5 hits … Alexis Pantoja's pair of singles gave him his team high 24th multi-hit game so far in 2019 … The SeaWolves extend their win streak over the RubberDucks to six consecutive games and are 9-2 against Akron this season … Time of Game: 3:05 … Attendance: 4,620.


On the Pond

The final game of the series between the RubberDucks and SeaWolves will be played Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. in Erie. 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. Akron southpaw Sam Hentges (1-8, 4.96) is set to get the start against Erie's Tarik Skubal (0-1, 0.90).

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