Four Akron homers not enough in 8-6 loss to Reading

After Reading forged ahead in the sixth, outfielder Mike Papi launched a two-run homer in the eighth to pull the Ducks to within 6-5. It was Papi's first of the season. (David Monseur)

By Akron RubberDucks | April 19, 2017 9:52 AM ET

RubberDucks Game Recap

Fightins 8 RubberDucks 6

WP: Tom Eshelman (1-0) LP: David Speer (0-1) Save: Mario Hollands (1)

Summary

The RubberDucks slugged s season-high four homers Tuesday night, including a two-run shot by Mike Papi, but it wasn't enough as the Reading Fightin Phils rallied for an 8-6 victory at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Turning Point

The Fightin Phils (5-6) sent nine men to the plate and scored four times in the sixth inning against Akron reliever David Speer (0-1). The rally erased a 3-2 Akron lead. Reading's Aaron Brown lined a RBI single to right field, one of his three hits on the night, to tie the game and ignite the Reading scoring that inning.

Winging It

Right-hander D.J. Brown made his first start for Akron, filling in for scheduled starter Rob Kaminsky, who was sidelined with a sore left arm. Brown worked four innings and allowed two runs on a pair of solo homers by Harold Martinez and Chace Numata. Brown walked two and struck out seven. Right-hander Tom Eshelman (1-0) started and won for the Fightins. Eshelman lasted six innings and allowed three runs, also all on solo homers.

Duck Tales

Home runs were flying out of FirstEnergy Stadium Tuesday. Yhoxian Medina clubbed his first of the season in the third to tie the game, 1-1. Yu Chang blasted a solo shot in the fourth, his fourth of the year, to knot the score, 2-2. Bobby Bradley joined the act with a blast to right in the sixth to give Akron a brief, 3-2 lead. It was Bradley's second homer. After Reading forged ahead in the sixth, Papi launched a two-run homer in the eighth to pull the Ducks to within 6-5. It was Papi's first of the season.

Notebook

The Fightin's rallied for two insurance runs in the eighth, but the Ducks did not go quietly in the ninth. Greg Allen doubled and came home on Francisco Mejia's RBi single to make it 8-6…That hit extended Mejia's hitting streak to 10 games… Bradley walked and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with two outs…Reading closer Mario Hollands, however, then induced a sharp grounder to short by Chang to end the game…The RubberDucks (3-9) have lost four of the five games on the road trip…Time of Game: 2:49…Attendance: 2,179. 

On Deck

The RubberDucks and Fightins will play conclude the series at Reading on Wednesday night at 6:35. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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