RubberDucks Game RecapRubberDucks (24-25) 5 Flying Squirrels (17-29) 2WP: Eli Morgan (2-0) LP: Garrett Williams (1-5) Save: Kyle Nelson (1)SummaryThe Akron RubberDucks backed up a solid outing from starter Eli Morgan with timely hitting and smart baserunning in their 5-2 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels Sunday afternoon at Canal
RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks (24-25) 5 Flying Squirrels (17-29) 2
WP: Eli Morgan (2-0) LP: Garrett Williams (1-5) Save: Kyle Nelson (1)
The Akron RubberDucks backed up a solid outing from starter Eli Morgan with timely hitting and smart baserunning in their 5-2 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels Sunday afternoon at Canal Park.
Wilson Garcia broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run home run over the fence in left field, giving the RubberDucks a 3-1 lead. That two-run lead would prove to be enough for the Akron bullpen as they held the Richmond offense scoreless.
Eli Morgan worked out of a handful of jams in his start for the RubberDucks, striking out six Richmond Flying Squirrels while allowing just two runs on five hits through six innings of work. David Speer (2 innings) and Kyle Nelson (1) came on in relief for the Ducks, blanking the Flying Squirrels in the final three innings and combining for four strikeouts.
After falling behind a run, Wilson Garcia tied the score at 1-1 for the RubberDucks with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Garcia would pick up two more RBIs in the fifth inning with his two-run blast off Richmond starter Garrett Williams, making the score 3-1. After surrendering a solo home run, the Akron offense would respond with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Tyler Friis bases loaded walk and a Richmond wild pitch that scored Tyler Krieger .
Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin started the second game of his rehab assignment for the RubberDucks, going 1-3 with a double to right-center field in the bottom of the first, before exiting in the fifth inning … Ka'ai Tom earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors and continued his hot streak by going 2-3 with his tenth multi-hit game of the season … Starter Eli Morgan continued his streak of 11 straight outings dating back to 2018 of allowing just three earned runs or fewer … Time of game: 2:34 … Attendance: 4,453.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks will now hit the road for a six-game road trip, beginning Tuesday night with the Bowie Baysox then heading to Erie to face the SeaWolves. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App. Aaron Civale (3-0, 3.06) is slated to get the start for Akron in the series opener at Bowie, facing the Baysox' Dean Kremer (0-1, 11.25)