RubberDucks Game Recap
SeaWolves 6 RubberDucks 5
WP: A.J. Ladwig (7-1) LP: Luis Lugo (4-6) Save: Bryan Garcia (5)
RubberDucks right fielder Mike Papi cranked a two-run shot as a part of a three-run sixth inning for Akron, but Erie's three home runs gave them the 6-5 win Friday night at UPMC Park.
Erie left fielder Christin Stewart drove in the deciding run in the fifth inning on an RBI single to right field that scored center fielder Harold Castro, putting the SeaWolves up 6-2.
RubberDucks starter Luis Lugo gave up three solo home runs in three-straight innings to start the game. Erie's A.J. Simcox also scored on a steal after a Francisco Mejia throwing error. Lugo turned in a perfect fourth frame, but then surrendered another couple of runs in the fifth, one from a Dominic Ficociello double and the other on a Christin Stewart single to make it 5-2. Lugo finished out with another perfect inning in the sixth for a final line of six innings pitched, seven hits, six runs, five earned, two walks and five strikeouts. D.J. Brown closed out the final two innings for Akron, working two scoreless innings with a strikeout. Erie starter A.J. Ladwig also finished with six innings, giving up six hits, five runs, three earned, and a walk with two strikeouts.
The Ducks started off the scoring in the first after Greg Allen scored on a Mejia double play. Allen would later get an RBI via a sacrifice fly in the third that sent home Luigi Rodriguez. Akron put up a crooked number in the sixth frame, first on a Bobby Bradley sac fly that plated Joe Sever. Mike Papi would then crank a two-run shot, his seventh of the season, to close the gap at 6-5. Third baseman Joe Sever delivered his second straight two-hit game of the series. Shortstop Yu Chang equaled him with a two-hit game of his own after a routine night off.
It was Greg Allen's first game since coming off the DL for a hamate injury he suffered May 7 against Altoona…Yu Chang's two hits gives him an eight-game hitting streak… Luigi Rodriguez has a hit streak of his own at seven games with his double tonight… Four Akron relievers have combined to give up zero runs in two games of this series… Time of Game: 2:12… Attendance: 3,511.
The RubberDucks will face off against the SeaWolves for the third game of a four-game road series Saturday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Michael Peoples (2-4, 4.47) is expected to take the mound for Akron against Erie's Matt Crouse (5-2, 4.50). The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel and the TuneIn Radio App.
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