RubberDucks Game Recap
Akron RubberDucks (28-21) 6/4, Richmond Flying Squirrels (27-22) 2/6
WP: Logan Allen (3-3) LP: Kyle Harrison (0-1) Save: Nic Enright (9)
WP: Bryan Brickhouse (3-3) LP: Luis Oviedo (0-1) Save: Chris Wright (6)
Logan Allen’s strong pitching powered the Akron RubberDucks to a 6-2 win in game one before Richmond launched three home runs to take game two 6-4 in a doubleheader split on Friday night at Canal Park.
With a 3-3 stale mate in the third inning of game two, Richmond got to Luis Oviedo for the second time of the night, launching a two-run blast over the left-field fence, chasing the Akron starting pitcher from the game and taking a 5-3 lead.
In game one, George Valera got Akron on the board first in the bottom of the third with a three-run moonshot to make it 3-0 RubberDucks.
Luis Oviedo got the start for Akron and found himself in trouble with the long ball in game two, surrendering five runs, all attributed to two homeruns. Oviedo would only go two and two thirds innings, giving up four hits and striking out four. Jerson Ramirez followed with two and a third innings giving up one run while striking out four. Robert Broom worked two scoreless innings.
Logan Allen was nothing short of dominate in game one, shutting down the Richmond offense. Allen worked six and a third innings, only allowing just two hits and one run while striking out eight. Jared Janczak came on in relief and allowed a hit and two walks. Nic Enright worked a scoreless third of an inning to get out of the jam and pick up the save.
In game two, with Akron down three runs early, a two out single by Valera followed by a double from Micah Pries allowed the RubberDucks to get on the board at 3-1 Richmond. A Jose Tena single would allow Pries to come around and score, making the score 3-2 Richmond in the bottom of the first. Johnathan Engelmann would hit a solo shot in the bottom of the second to tie the game 3-3. Akron fell behind by two runs, but following Rocchio and Valera hitting back-to-back singles, Pries drove in Rocchio on a double play ball, making the score 5-4 Flying Squirrels in the third.
In the bottom of the fourth Akron built on their lead in game one further starting with a leadoff single by Tena and a walk by Chris Roller with Marcos Gonzalez driving home a run with a double making it 4-0 Akron. Daniel Schneemann drove home a runner from third with a sacrifice fly putting Akron up 5-0. The scoring would not end there however, as Bo Naylor blooped in a single, driving home another runner making it now 6-0 Akron in the bottom of the fourth. Richmond threatened in the seventh, but Akron held onto the lead winning 6-2.
Valera’s home run in game one of this double header puts him at seven homeruns on the year, which currently leads the team…Naylor continues to get on base for free for Akron, initiating another two walks on the day and building his current top five position in the Eastern League for walks…Game Time: 1:51/1:56…Attendance: 5,645.