RubberDucks Game RecapRubberDucks (23-23) 2 Flying Squirrels (15-28) 1WP: Argenis Angulo (2-2) LP: Sam Moll (0-1) Save: NoneSummaryThe Akron RubberDucks outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1 in a 13-inning battle Friday night at Canal Park via an Ernie Clement walk-off single for the club's fourth straight victory.
RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks (23-23) 2 Flying Squirrels (15-28) 1
WP: Argenis Angulo (2-2) LP: Sam Moll (0-1) Save: None
The Akron RubberDucks outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1 in a 13-inning battle Friday night at Canal Park via an Ernie Clement walk-off single for the club's fourth straight victory.
In the 13th, Alexis Pantoja started the inning by bunting over Tyler Krieger , who began as the automatic runner on second. Ernie Clement then played the hero for Akron, sending the RubberDucks home as winners with a walk-off RBI single to left field.
Southpaw Tanner Tully got the ball for Akron and threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one Richmond run. He eased through the first three innings, with the only baserunner coming in the second. The Flying Squirrels got their only run in the fourth when a leadoff double came around to score on a Jonah Arenado RBI single. Tully pitched into the seventh where he allowed two singles, but Rob Nelson came on to get to Akron out of the jam. Nelson (1 2/3 innings), Nick Sandlin (2), and Argenis Angulo (3) continued to stifle the Squirrels well into extras, setting the stage for the Clement walk-off.
The Akron offense struggled to get things in motion until the fifth, when two walks and an Ernie Clement base knock loaded the bases. Nellie Rodríguez then drove in the RubberDucks' first run after drawing a walk after a ten-pitch battle with two outs. The bottom of the ninth began with a Wilson Garcia leadoff double, but pinch-runner Tyler Friis was thrown out at home on a Connor Marabell single, and the game was sent to extras. Akron could get nothing going in the extra frames until the Clement walk-off in the 13th.
Ernie Clement extended his streak of safely reaching base to 14 games with a first-inning walk, tying Daniel Johnson for the longest such streak by any RubberDuck this season; his two singles also pushed his hit streak to seven … Tanner Tully had his longest outing of the year and continued the streak of 16 straight games with Akron starters allowing two earned runs or fewer … Akron pitchers struck out 17 Flying Squirrels, the most in 2019; Argenis Angulo struck out a career-high seven hitters … 13 innings marks the longest game of the season for Akron … Time of game: 3:25 … Attendance: 6,239.
On the Pond
The Ducks and Squirrels will meet for the second game of the four-game set Saturday at 6:35 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeartRadio channel, and the TuneIn Radio App, and available on MiLB.TV. Probable starters are RHP Jake Paulson (2-2, 4.19 ERA) for Akron and LHP Conner Menez (2-2, 2.38) for Richmond.