SeaWolves 2 RubberDucks 0
WP: Spencer Turnbull (2-3) LP: Jake Paulson (2-1) Save: Kyle Dowdy (2)
Erie's Spencer Turnbull combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout, and Jake Robson cracked a key RBI single, as the SeaWolves blanked the Akron RubberDucks, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
Erie (14-21) used small-ball effectively to score both its runs in the sixth inning off Jake Paulson (2-1). After a lead-off infield single by Herlis Rodriguez, Danny Woodrow slapped a single to left, his first Double-A hit. A.J. Simcox executed a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to second and third. Robson followed with a single to right to score Rodriguez for a 1-0 Erie lead. With Woodrow at third and one out, Will Maddox pushed a safety-squeeze bunt up the first base line to chase home Woodrow to make it 2-0.
Paulson absorbed the hard-luck loss despite pitching a season-high seven innings and allowing just four hits and two earned runs. He walked one and fanned six. Newcomer Kieran Lovegrove made his Double-A debut and worked the final two innings in relief of Paulson, allowing no runs on one hit.
Shortstop Willi Castro was the only RubberDucks hitter with two hits. He was 2-4, with a pair of singles, and added a stolen base in the first inning.
The RubberDucks (21-15) stranded eight men on base, including five in the first two innings…Spencer Turnbell (2-3) started and won for Erie...Turnbull worked five innings and allowed just three hits…Kyle Dowdy closed the game with a perfect ninth and notched his second save…The SeaWolves took three out of four in the series…It was the fourth shutout loss of the season for Akron and the second in the last five games…Time of game: 2:36…Attendance: 3,763.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks will open a seven-game road trip with the first of three games at Trenton Monday night at 7:00. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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