RubberDucks rally, but rough 9th leads to 6-4 loss

Outfielder Greg Allen went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and a walk in Akron's 6-4 loss to Trenton on Tuesday at Canal Park. (David Monseur)

By Eric Szczepinski / Akron RubberDucks | April 11, 2017 10:25 PM ET

RubberDucks Game Recap

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WP: Matt Marsh (1-1) LP: Cameron Hill (0-1)

 

Summary

Trenton rallied by capitalizing on a fielding error to go on to score four runs in the top of the ninth to steal the game by a score of 6-4 from the Akron RubberDucks Tuesday night at Canal Park. 

Turning Point

Pitching with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth, RubberDucks reliever Cameron Hill allowed three consecutive hits to load the bases with no outs. Needing an out in the worst way, Akron shortstop Yu Chang misplayed a ground ball that might have turned two and the inning prolonged which lead to a go-ahead RBI single Trenton's Miguel Andujar.

Winging It

RubberDucks starter Julian Merryweather tossed five solid innings giving up no runs on five hits and striking out eight. Trenton starter Nestor Cortes, who was added to the roster earlier today, went four innings striking out five allowing no runs. The Akron pitching staff pitched better then the six runs the scoreboard showed. Working from a bases-loaded, two- out jam in the seventh, lefty David Speer struck out Trenton first basemen Mike Ford. However, a dropped third strike followed by a throwing error by Francisco Mejia allowed two runs to score on the play. Collectively as a pitching staff Akron pitchers struck out 11 batters and only walked two on the night.

Duck Tales

Cather Francisco Mejia doubled off the right centerfield wall to drive in two runs to tie the game at two a piece in the eighth. Outfielder Mike Papi followed up Mejia's hit by beating the shift singling up the middle to score Mejia, to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eight.

Notebook

 Trenton's victory over Akron snaps their seven-game losing streak against the RubberDucks dating back to last season… Indians second basemen Jason Kipnis and outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will play for Akron Wednesday night on rehab assignments. Time of game: 2:56…Attendance: 1,966. 

On Deck

Akron and Trenton will conclude their best of three series at Canal Park on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. Left-hander Rob Kaminsky is slated to make his season debut for Akron against Justus Sheffield for Trenton. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App

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