RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks 1 Rumble Ponies 0
WP: Luis Lugo (2-1) LP: P.J. Conlon(3-2) Save: Neil Holland (1)
Left-hander Luis Lugo allowed just one hit in six shutout innings to shutdown the Rumble Ponies offense in Akron's 1-0 victory at NYSEG Stadium Thursday night.
The lone run of the night came in the fourth inning, when Dorssys Paulino singled up the middle to score Mike Papi. The one run was enough for Lugo and the Akron bullpen to secure the ballgame.
Luis Lugo followed up teammate Nick Pasquale's dominant effort yesterday with one of his own. The lefty tossed six shutout innings allowing one hit, striking out three. Lugo has only allowed two earned runs over the course of his last 16.2 innings with 12 strikeouts. In relief of Lugo, lefty Matt Whitehouse threw 2.1 innings allowing one hit. Neil Holland picked up his first save of the season in a two out save appearance in the ninth. Binghamton starter P.J. Conlon was exceptional as well but was the tough luck loser. Colon went eight strong innings allowing just the one run on five hits.
Outfielder Dorssys Paulino delivered the big RBI single hit of the night, which plated the only run needed to win for Akron. Mike Papi continued his surge going 2-4, scoring the games lone run. Papi's season batting average is now up to .302. His average is the best on the team and is the only RubberDuck hitter batting over the .300 mark.
RubberDucks top prospect, catcher Francisco Mejia has been placed on the 7-day DL with a groin strain… Outfielder Lugi Rodriguez made his season debut with Akron going 0-3 Thursday… The Ducks pitching staff has allowed just six hits over the last two games, both of which resulted in wins… Mike Papi has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games… Time of Game: 2:04…Attendance: 1,508.
The best of five series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m. Julian Merryweather (2-2, 3.45) is slated to start for Akron against Binghamton's Donovan Hand (1-0, 4.74). The game will be broadcast on News-Talk WHLO 640 AM, the WHLO iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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