With three hits each from right fielder Marcus Wilson and second baseman Brett Netzer, the Portland Sea Dogs rallied from a 4-1 deficit to a 5-4 series-opening win over the Akron RubberDucks at Hadlock Field in Portland on Friday night.
With single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings off right-hander Eli Morgan , the Sea Dogs tied the game, 4-4. In the bottom of the sixth inning against left-hander David Speer (2-3), second baseman Brett Netzer hit a leadoff double to left-center field - the last of five Sea Dogs doubles in the game. Third baseman Jeremy Rivera's sacrifice moved him to third base, and with the infield in, catcher Austin Rei hit a go-ahead RBI single to make it 5-4.
Morgan allowed a first-inning run after a one-out double by right fielder Marcus Wilson, who scored on left fielder Luke Tendler's two-out RBI double to right field for a 1-0 Portland lead. Wilson homered in the third inning, trimming the deficit to 4-2. A triple and single in the fourth scored another run, and Wilson led off the fifth inning with a double, later scoring on first baseman Joey Curletta's game-tying double, ending Morgan's night after 4 1/3 innings and four earned runs. Speer escaped the inning but allowed the deciding run in 1 1/3 innings. Right-hander Argenis Angulo pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and right-hander Robert Broom pitched a scoreless eighth inning. For Portland, Reyes lasted six innings, right-hander Eduard Bazardo pitched two scoreless innings, and left-hander Dedgar Jimenez went a scoreless ninth.
RubberDucks first baseman Nellie Rodriguez led off the second inning with a home run over the "Maine Monster" in left field - his first homer since July 6. Second baseman Andruw Monasterio hit a two-out double to left field and scored on left fielder Oscar Gonzalez 's go-ahead RBI double off the left-field wall. Catcher Logan Ice then hit an RBI single. In the third inning, right fielder Connor Marabell hit a leadoff double and scored on designated hitter Alexis Pantoja 's double.
Marabell had his fourth two-hit game in his last seven games and team-high 29th multi-hit game of the season…Akron and Portland each had five doubles in the game and combined for 13 extra-base hits…The RubberDucks are 10-23 in one-run games this season…The Sea Dogs lead the season series, 4-0…Time of game: 2:50…Attendance: 6,282.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks continue their series in Portland at 6:00 p.m. EDT Saturday. Akron LHP Scott Moss (1-0, 0.00) is scheduled to face Sea Dogs RHP Bryan Mata (2-4, 5.28). 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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