RubberDucks Game Recap
Senators 2 RubberDucks 1 (12 innings)
WP: Derek Self (3-2) LP: Mitch Brown (1-2)
Harrisburg outfielder Stephen Perez's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Senators a 2-1 win over the Akron RubberDucks in an extended-pitcher's duel at FNB Stadium on Monday night.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 12th inning and the bases loaded, Perez singled off Akron reliever Mitch Brown to score Drew Ward, who had reached on a single.
Ducks starter Luis Lugo threw 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits while walking one and fanning three, but he was forced from the game with a 93-pitch effort. Jordan Milbrath relieved Lugo in the fifth inning and stranded an inherited runner. Milbrath threw a scoreless sixth inning, but in the seventh inning a bases-loaded double play scored the tying run. David Speer retired the first two hitters in the eighth inning before allowing an infield single and being replaced by Leandro Linares. Linares got out of the eighth and stranded two in the ninth as part of his 2.1 scoreless innings. Mitch Brown fired a scoreless 11th inning before the Senators broke through in the 12th. Harrisburg starter Kyle McGowin only allowed a first-inning home run to Francisco Mejia in his seven innings of work, giving up six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Three Senators relievers then combined to allow one hit over five innings out of the pen.
Akron jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Francisco Mejia's 14th home run of the season, but it would be the only run in the 12-inning contest for the RubberDucks. Akron managed seven hits, Mejia with the only two-hit game. Joe Sever, Yu Chang, and Bobby Bradley all doubled for the Ducks. Dorssys Paulino and Tyler Krieger managed singles.
With the loss, second-place Bowie now has a magic number of two to eliminate the RubberDucks in the EL playoff race…Chang's double was his 50th extra-base hit, tied for third in the EL…Mejia's 2-for-5 effort raised his season average back to .300, seventh in the EL… Time of Game: 3:31… Attendance: 3,590.
The RubberDucks continue its four-game series in Harrisburg against the Senators on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. LHP Matt Whitehouse (7-8, 4.44) is expected to take the mound for Akron against Harrisburg's RHP Austin Voth (3-3, 4.23). The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel and the TuneIn Radio App.
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