Mejia hits 10th homer of the year in 15-1 loss

Francisco Mejia clubbed an opposite field home run for his 10th of the season in the RubberDucks' 15-1 loss to the SeaWolves at UPMC Park. (David Monseur)

By Akron RubberDucks | July 15, 2017 10:51 PM ET

RubberDucks Game Recap
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WP: Matt Crouse (6-2) LP: Michael Peoples (2-5) Save: none
Erie's Kody Eaves slugged a grand slam, and left-hander Matt Crouse allowed just one run over seven innings, as the SeaWolves throttled the Akron RubberDucks, 15-1, Saturday night at UPMC Park in Erie, Pa.
Turning Point
The SeaWolves (46-44) turned a 3-1 lead into a rout by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on seven hits in the fourth inning against starter Michael Peoples (2-5) and Jordan Milbrath. The entire rally came with two outs. Wade Hinkle cracked an RBI single to make it 4-1, and Eaves later slugged a grand slam that chased Peoples from the game. Milbrath allowed a single to Dominic Ficociello and a homer by Christin Stewart to extend the Erie lead to 10-1. Of his 99 pitches, 69 were strikes.
Winging It
Peoples allowed seven hits and eight earned runs in 3.2 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Milbrath carried on after the fourth, but ran into more trouble in the sixth when he served up back-to-back homers to Steven Moya and Grayson Greiner. On the Erie side, lefty Matt Crouse (6-2) enjoyed one of his best outings of the season by weaving seven innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. He walked three and struck out seven.
Duck Tales
Akron's only run of the game came on Francisco Mejia's solo homer off Crouse in the top of the fourth. It was Mejia's 10th of the year. He was 1-2 on the night, with a pair of walks, and is hitting a league-best .336. Yu Chang was hitless in four trips, snapping his eight-game hit streak, and Eric Haase was 0-3, ending his 11-game hit streak.
The SeaWolves have won the first three games of the series…Erie's 15 runs are the most given up in a game by the RubberDucks this year…The RubberDucks (44-44) remained three games out of first place in the EL West as Bowie fell to Altoona, 7-6, in 13 innings…Time of Game: 2:43… Attendance: 4,852. 
On Deck
The RubberDucks and SeaWolves wrap-up the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.

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