RubberDucks Game Recap
RubberDucks 6 SeaWolves 3
WP: Matt Whitehouse (8-8) LP: Grayson Long (0-1) Save: Robbie Aviles (3)
Akron's Yonathan Mendoza cracked a three-run homer and Matt Whitehouse twirled six innings of shutout ball, as the RubberDucks defeated the Erie SeaWolves, 6-3, Sunday evening at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
The RubberDucks (69-70) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning against SeaWolves starter Grayson Long (0-1). Bradley slugged a leadoff, solo homer, his 23rd of the season, to open the scoring. Taylor Murphy added an RBI single, and Daniel Salters chipped in a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-0.
Ducks starter Matt Whitehouse (8-8) made his final start of 2017 one to remember. The lefty worked six innings, scattering five hits, and holding Erie scoreless. He walked only one and struck out five. A reliever to start the season, Whitehouse entered the Akron starting rotation on May 7th, and ended up making 19 starts for the Ducks. Right-hander Mitch Brown followed Whitehouse and allowed three runs in the eighth, but Robbie Aviles came on to register a key strikeout of Steven Moya to end the threat. Aviles stayed on for the ninth and retired the Wolves without incident to earn his 3rd save.
Bradley's home run to right was his 23rd of the season and raised his team-leading RBI total to 89. Mendoza belted a long, three-run homer to right field in the fourth to extend Akron's lead to 6-0. It came with one out and was his first dinger of the season. He was 2-4 on the night. Yu Chang was 3-4, with a double and two singles.
It was the fourth straight win for the RubberDucks…The SeaWolves (64-75) have lost eight straight…The Ducks have clubbed 143 home runs on the season, which is 3rd-most in the EL…With the win, Akron is now 39-32 at home…Time of game: 2:23 … Attendance: 8,197 (10th sellout of season).
The RubberDucks and SeaWolves will close the series, homestand and season on Monday afternoon at 1:05. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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