RubberDucks Game Recap
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WP: Casey Sadler (1-0) LP: Michael Peoples (2-4) Save: Miguel Rosario (3)
Jerrick Suiter was 2-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs to propel the Altoona offense past Akron, 8-5 Friday night at Canal Park.
Pablo Reyes blasted a two-run home run to deep center field to give Altoona two key insurance runs in the ninth inning. The Ducks railed from a 6-1 deficit to cut the Curve lead to just one before Reyes homer.
Akron starter Michael Peoples gave up five earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Altoona starter Cody Dickson worked his way out of back-to-back bases loaded, no-out situations in each the first and second inning to limit Akron's offensive damage to just one run. D.J. Brown entered in relief for Peoples and worked two scoreless innings before surrendering a two-run home run to Pablo Reyes in the ninth inning. Altoona reliever Casey Sadler picked up his first win of the season working 2.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while striking out three. Miguel Rosario earned his third save of season in a six-out save appearance, striking out four.
The RubberDucks struggled with runners in scoring position, having the bases loaded with no outs twice, in each the first and second inning. The Ducks managed to only score one run, which came on a Yu Chang sacrifice fly in the first inning. Catcher Eric Haase smashed two solo home runs, numbers 16 and 17 of the season. It was Haase's second two-run home run game of the week as he belted two homers Tuesday. Haase is second on the team in home runs behind only Yu Chang. Tyler Krieger went 3-5, all singles, with an RBI and a run scored. Trailing by three runs in the ninth, Chang singled and Luigi Rodriguez walked to bring the tying run to the plate. With two outs, Bobby Bradley entered to pinch hit for Todd Hankins and struck out to end the game.
Francisco Mejia is expected to leave for Miami tomorrow to play in the MLB Futures All-Star game… Corresponding roster moves will be made tomorrow… Eric Haase extended his hit streak to eight games, hitting .406 in that span…RubberDuck hitters were 3-14 with runners in scoring position on the evening… Time of Game: 3:06… Attendance: 5,782.
Akron and Altoona will play a doubleheader Saturday with game one beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lefty Thomas Pannone (4-1, 2.15) will start game one of the doubleheader against Altoona's Austin Coley (2-2, 2.87). Starters for game two are undecided for both teams. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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