Ducks split doubleheader with Bowie

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis started his rehab assignment in Akron on Sunday, helping the RubberDucks to a 7-6 win with his 1-for-3 performance. (David Monseur)

By Akron RubberDucks | April 9, 2017 6:19 PM ET

Game 1: RubberDucks 7 Baysox 6

WP: Cole Sulser (1-0) LP: Jon Keller (0-1) SV: Mitch Brown (1)

Game 2: Baysox 9 RubberDucks 1

WP: Lucas Long (1-0) LP: Travis Banwart (0-1) SV: none

Summary

Akron's Yu Chang homered and scored twice as Akron defeated Bowie, 7-6, in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon, but the Baysox captured the nightcap, 9-1, to gain a split of the twinbill at Canal Park.

Turning Point

The RubberDucks (1-3) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 1 against Jon Keller (0-1) to wipe out a two-run deficit and take a 7-5 lead. Joe Sever cracked a two-run single to tie the game, and the go-ahead runs scored on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Allen and a subsequent throwing error by first baseman Aderlin Rodriguez.

Winging It

Right-hander Nick Pasquale started the opener and threw well in a no-decision. In his initial start of 2017, Pasquale worked five innings and allowed two runs, with no walks and four strikeouts. Cole Sulser (1-0) earned the win in relief, while Mitch Brown earned his first Double-A save.

Duck Tales

Chang crushed a solo home run to left in the second inning off Bowie starter David Hess to give the RubberDucks a 1-0 lead in the first game. It was Chang's third homer of the season. He finished 2-3 in the game after adding a single in the fourth, and is now hitting .417. Mike Papi added a sacrifice fly, and Dorssys Paulino chipped in an RBI single for his first hit and RBI at the Double-A level. In Game 2, first baseman Bobby Bradley picked up his first two Double-A hits, and drove in his first run of the season with a sixth-inning single to spoil a shutout bid by Baysox starter Lucas Long (1-0)

Notebook

In the second game, the Baysox (3-1) jumped on Akron starter Travis Banwart (0-1) with a couple of runs in the first inning and cruised to a 9-1 victory…The Baysox hit .360 in the four-game series and scored 30 runs…Game time temperature for Game 2 was 73-degrees, a 33-degree warm-up from Thursday's season opener…Time of games: 2:10/1:53 …Attendance: 6,361.

On Deck

The RubberDucks will continue the homestand Monday night at 6:35 when they welcome the Trenton Thunder for the first game of a three-game series. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.  

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