RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks 7 Fisher Cats 5
WP: Matt Whitehouse (2-2) LP: Sean Reid-Foley (3-4) Save: Neil Holland (5)
Akron's Bobby Bradley slugged two home runs, including a grand slam, and lefty Matt Whitehouse turned in his longest outing of the year, as the RubberDucks defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 7-5, Saturday night in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The RubberDucks rallied from a 2-1 deficit with five runs in the third inning off starter Sean Reid-Foley (3-4). After the Ducks loaded the bases with no outs, Tyler Krieger tied the game, 2-2, with a sacrifice fly. Following a single by Francisco Mejia to re-load the bases, Bradley smashed a grand slam to right field to give Akron a 6-2 lead.
Whitehouse (2-2) pitched a season-high, six innings and scattered seven hits and three runs to earn his first win as a starter and his second victory, overall. He walked one and fanned four. D.J. Brown supplied 1.1 innings of relief, but ran into a jam and left with two men on base in the eighth. Neil Holland came on and ended up leaving the bases loaded in the eighth, and then worked around a two-out RBI double by Richard Urena in the ninth to nail down his fifth save.
Bradley lined a solo shot to right off Danny Isaacs in the seventh to extend the lead to 7-4. It was his second homer of the game, and his 10th of the year. He finished with five RBI to tie Yu Chang for the team lead of 34. Eric Haase also homered, a solo shot in the second off Reid Foley. It was his 9th homer of the season. Joe Sever had a pair of hits and extended his hit streak to 11 games.
Mejia was 2-4, with a walk, and raised his league-leading average to .354…The RubberDucks (27-30) have won three of the five games on the road trip…The Fisher Cats (24-36) collected 12 hits, but left seven runners on base…Time of Games: 3:01… Attendance: 6,332.
The RubberDucks and Fisher Cats will conclude the series and road trip on Sunday afternoon at 2:05. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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