Akron RubberDucks right fielder Trenton Brooks had his first two-homer game of the season and matched a season high with five RBI, third baseman Nolan Jones added a solo home run, and left-hander Scott Moss (2-0) won his second straight start since joining the RubberDucks, who defeated the Portland Sea Dogs, 7-3, at Hadlock Field Saturday night.
With a scoreless game in the top of the second inning, Portland right-hander Bryan Mata (2-5) walked RubberDucks second baseman Alexis Pantoja , who went to second base on a wild pitch and reached third when left fielder Oscar Gonzalez singled to right field. Shortstop Ernie Clement hit a sacrifice fly, before Mata hit Jones with a pitch. Brooks then drilled his first home run since July 13 to the seats of the right field pavilion for a 4-0 lead. After that point, Portland never brought the tying run to bat the rest of the game.
In his second start since being traded from Cincinnati on July 31, Moss retired the first nine batters of the game before walking the leadoff batter in the fourth inning. An errant pickoff throw and wild-pitch strikeout scored the run, but the Sea Dogs' only hit off Moss was designated hitter Michael Osinski's fifth-inning leadoff single. Right-hander Kyle Dowdy began the sixth inning and provided scoreless relief around three hits and two walks until a ninth-inning, two-out home run by Portland second baseman Brett Netzer. Left-hander Ben Krauth allowed a single before recording the final out.
Akron extended the lead in the fifth inning, when Mata walked Jones, and Brooks hit his second home run to the right field pavilion, ending Mata's start after allowing six earned runs on five hits in four innings. In the seventh inning, Jones hit a one-out home run off right-hander Matthew Gorst. Outside of loading the bases without scoring in the first inning, Akron was retired in order in every other inning it did not score.
Brooks had his second career two-homer game and first since July 2, 2018, when he did so for Lynchburg against Frederick…Sunday will mark the RubberDucks' third straight series rubber match. They have won the past two for their first consecutive series wins…The Sea Dogs lead the season series, 4-1…Time of game: 2:43…Attendance: 7,368.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks conclude their road trip in Portland at 1:00 p.m. EDT Sunday. Akron LHP Adam Scott (4-2, 3.63) is scheduled to face Sea Dogs LHP Daniel McGrath (4-0, 1.34). 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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