RubberDucks Game Recap
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WP: Thomas Pannone (2-1) LP: Jon Harris (2-6) Save: none
Akron's Francisco Mejia had four hits, including a homer and double, and Thomas Pannone allowed just one run over six innings, as the RubberDucks closed a six-game road trip with a 7-3 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Sunday afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire
The RubberDucks (28-30) took control of the game in the seventh when they scored four runs off Cats reliever Alonzo Gonzalez. Jordan Smith launched a two-run homer to right, his first for the Ducks, Mejia cracked a solo homer to left, and Joe Sever added an RBI single. The rally extended the Ducks lead from 2-1 to 6-1.
Pannone (2-1) was nearly unhittable in his six innings. He allowed only two hits and one run. He walked two and fanned seven. The Fisher Cats scored their only run off Pannone in the second inning when Tim Lopes walked and Gunnar Heidt doubled. The only other hit allowed was a harmless single by Harold Ramirez in the sixth inning. In his last two starts, covering 12.2 innings, Pannone has allowed one run and struck out 12 batters.
Akron took the early lead with a run in the first off New Hampshire starter Job Harris (2-6). Smith singled, moved to third on a double by Mejia, and scored on a groundout by Bradley. In the second inning, Luigi Rodriguez doubled and came home on a single by Mark Mathias to make it 2-0. Joe Sever was 3-4 in the game, extending his hit streak to 12 games. Sever chipped in an insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth.
Mejia has hit in five straight games…He was 4-5 Sunday, and the only time he failed to reach base was when he scorched a line drive to the right-fielder in the third inning…He raised his average to .369, which leads the league…The RubberDucks went 4-2 on the New England road trip…Time of Game: 2:43… Attendance: 4,149.
Following an off-day Monday, the RubberDucks will open a six-game homestand on Tuesday night at 7:05, when the Harrisburg Senators come to town for the opener of a three-game series. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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