RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks 5 Fightin Phils 4
WP: D.J. Brown (1-5) LP: Ranfi Casamiro (1-4) Save: Cameron Hill (9)
Akron's Eric Haase ripped a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, as the RubberDucks rallied late to clip the Reading Fightin Phils, 5-4, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
The RubberDucks (55-56) entered the ninth trailing, 3-2, but came off the mat to score three times against a trio of Reading relievers. Lefty Austin Davis issued a leadoff walk to Todd Hankins. Ivan Castillo moved Hankins to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Hankins stole third. After Greg Allen popped out for the second out, Ranfi Casamiro (1-4) came in for Davis and gave up a game-tying single by Joe Sever. Casamiro made his exit in favor of lefty Jeff Singer, who served up a single by Mike Papi and hit Bobby Bradley to load the bases. Haase followed with a sharp, two-run single to left field to drive in Sever and Papi and give Akron a 5-3 lead.
D.J. Brown (1-5) earned the win in relief by working 2.2 innings of perfect relief. Brown retired all eight batters he faced, including two strikeouts. He took over for Shao-Ching Chang in the sixth with the bases loaded, and although he allowed a sacrifice fly to give the Fightin Phils a 3-2 lead, he minimized the damage and kept the Ducks in the game. Akron closer Cameron Hill allowed a run on two hits in the ninth and had the potential tying run at third when he induced a fly ball from Angelo Mora on a 3-0 pitch to end it. It was Hill's ninth save of the year.
Haase was 1-3, with two walks. His two-run single gives him 49 RBI on the season. Sever was 3-4, with three singles and a sacrifice fly. Greg Allen added a single, RBI and stolen base. He improved to a perfect 15-15 in stolen base attempts.
Chiang worked 5.1 innings in his Double-A debut. He allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out six…The RubberDucks won for just the third time when trailing going into the ninth…Papi recorded an outfield assist when he threw out Cord Sandberg at second in the fifth after fielding a ball off the right field wall…The Ducks pulled to within three games of division-leader Bowie, who lost, 5-4, in 10 innings at Portland…Time of game: 2:47… Attendance: 5,749.
The RubberDucks and Fightin Phils (59-52) will conclude the series on Monday morning at 9:35. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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