RubberDucks Game Recap
Game 1: Rumble Ponies 6 RubberDucks 1
WP: Robert Gsellman (1-0) LP: Shao-Ching Chiang (0-1) Save: None
Game 2: RubberDucks 2 Rumble Ponies 1
WP: Robbie Aviles (5-2) LP: Marcos Molina (1-6) Save: Cameron Hill (10)
Binghamton took Game 1 of the doubleheader 6-1 behind a dominant pitching performance by Robert Gsellman. Akron responded in Game 2 to earn the spilt 2-1 Friday night at Canal Park.
Akron's David Speer and Robbie Aviles combined to throw five shutout innings to guide the RubberDucks to victory in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
In Game 1, Akron's Shao-Ching Chiang made his Canal Park debut and went 5.1 innings giving up five runs on seven hits. Chiang suffered his first loss as a member of the RubberDucks. On the mound for the Rumble Ponies was Robert Gsellman who is on a rehab assignment from the parent club New York Mets. Gsellman pitched like a big leaguer throwing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits while fanning five RubberDuck hitters. In Game 2, David Speer received a spot start for Akron and worked 2.2 innings not allowing a run on one hit and struck out four. Robbie Aviles entered out of the pen and worked 2.1 scoreless striking out three. Leandro Linares worked a scoreless sixth but did not convert on a save opportunity in the seventh, giving up a homer to Binghamton's L.J. Mazzilli. Manager Mark Budzinski turned to Cameron Hill who recorded the last two outs of the game recording his 10th save of the season. Binghamton's starter Marcos Molina threw a complete game but was the losing pitcher. Molina gave up two runs on six hits, walking four and striking out three.
In Game 1, the RubberDucks lone run came when Yu Chang belted his 21st home run of the year off the inflatable slide in right field. Chang's 21 home runs rank him 4th in the Eastern League. In Game 2, the Ducks struck first when Bobby Bradley hit a sacrifice fly to score Todd Hankins in the first inning. It was Bradley's 74th RBI, which ranks 3rd in the Eastern League. The Ducks added another run when Ivan Castillo hit an RBI double down the right field line to score Taylor Murphy from first base. Utility man Todd Hankins recorded his first three hit game of the season going a perfect 3-3 all singles in Game 2.
Immediately following the third inning of Game 2, the game was halted for the Home Run for Life ceremony, something far more important than the game of baseball…. To raise awareness for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Celebration, two four-year-olds fighting such diseases ran the bases as both teams lined up along the foul line to cheer them on during their home run trot… This was the RubberDucks fifth year doing the Home Run for Life ceremony… The RubberDucks also wore special uniforms designed by Landon Skidmore (8), a former patient who beat cancer at Akron Children's Hospital… Time of Games: 2:08/1:57… Attendance: 7,301.
The RubberDucks and Rumble Ponies will be back in action on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Lefty Luis Lugo (7-6, 4.59) will take the mound for Akron against Binghamton's Micky Jannis (7-5, 4.04). The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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