RubberDucks Game Recap
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WP: Neil Holland (2-0) LP: Caleb Frare (0-1) Save: none
Akron's Bobby Bradley slugged a clutch, two-run home run in the 8th inning Monday night, leading the RubberDucks to a 4-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at Canal Park.
After falling behind 3-2 when the Thunder rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth, Akron rebounded in the bottom of the inning against lefty Caleb Frare (0-1). Francisco Mejia walked, and Bradley followed with a towering, two-run homer just inside the foul pole down the right field line to give Akron a 4-3 lead. It was Bradley's sixth of the year.
Akron starter Thomas Pannone did not disappoint in his Double-A debut. The lefty weaved together 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball, scattering three hits, walking three and striking out six. The Carolina League Player of the Month for April while at Single-A Lynchburg, Pannone has now pitched 33.1 innings this season without giving up an earned run. Cole Sulser took over for Pannone in the sixth, and worked into the eighth. Right-hander Neil Holland (2-0) picked up the win in relief.
Joe Sever jacked a solo homer to lead off the fifth against Trenton starter Chance Adams to give Akron a 2-0 lead. It was Sever's first homer of the year. Bradley was 2-4, with a single and his two-run shot. Mejia also had a pair of hits and a walk. Yu Chang singled and scored in the second inning on a double-play grounder.
Adams worked seven innings and allowed two runs, but didn't figure in the decision…Zack Zehner clubbed a two-run triple off Holland in the eighth to tie the game and stick Holland with a blown save…Trenton's Billy McKinney had three hits, including a go-ahead double in the eighth…The RubberDucks (12-16) were 0-7 with runners in scoring position…Akron's Greg Allen was placed on the disabled list before the game with a right wrist injury…Time of Game: 2:41 …Attendance: 2,481.
The RubberDucks and Thunder (18-11) will meet again in the middle game of the series on Tuesday evening at 6:35. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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