RubberDucks Game Recap
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WP: Jeff Thompson (1-0) LP: Jacob Lee (1-1) Save: Mark Ecker (3)
Erie's Tim Remes delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning to lift the SeaWolves to a 3-2, season-ending victory over the Akron RubberDucks Monday afternoon at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
The SeaWolves (65-75) snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh against Ducks right-hander Jacob Lee (1-1). Gabriel Quintana led off with a single, moved to third on a double by Steven Moya, and scored on Remes' sacrifice fly to center field.
Ducks starter Shane Bieber worked six innings in his final start of 2017, and allowed just two runs, one earned, on six hits. In typical Bieber-fashion, he issued no walks and fanned five in the no-decision. He lowered his ERA to 2.32. Lee took over in the seventh and surrendered the go-ahead run. Leandro Linares took over for Lee with two outs in the seventh and worked 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
The RubberDucks (69-71) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but SeaWolves closer Mark Ecker wiggled out of the jam by striking out Bobby Bradley and inducing a fly ball to right by Yu Chang that Steven Moya caught up against the wall. Chang homered in the fourth inning, a solo shot, that got Akron on the board. It was his 24th of the year. Dorssys Paulino had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-3, with a double and two walks. His RBI single in the fifth tied the game, 2-2.
The loss snapped Akron's four-game win streak, and the win ended Erie's eight-game losing skid…The RubberDucks played in 48 one-run games this year, going 25-23 in those nail-biters…Erie reliever Jeff Thompson (1-0) picked up his first Double-A win with two scoreless innings of relief…Erie starter Sandy Baez struck out eight in five innings…Time of game: 2:53…Attendance: 6,934.
The RubberDucks will open the 2018 season with a 6:00 p.m. game at Altoona on Thursday, April 5th. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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