RubberDucks Game Recap
Akron RubberDucks (29-22) 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels (28-23) 3
WP: Jared Janczak (2-0) LP: Matt Frisbee (1-4) Save: Nic Enright (10)
Nic Enright’s clutch relief and George Valera’s two hit day helped the Akron RubberDucks down the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park.
With the RubberDucks holding onto a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh, Richmond looked to tie the game and much more when they loaded the bases with a two-out walk. Nic Enright came on from the bullpen and got Sean Roby to ground out to third to escape the jam.
Jaime Arias got the start for Akron and looked strong early striking out two in a quick first. Richmond got to Arias for two in the second inning, but the left-hander settled down and only allowed one more run the rest of day. Arias finished with four and two thirds innings giving up three runs and striking out six. Jared Janczak tossed a scoreless inning and a third with three strikeouts. Manuel Alvarez pitched two thirds of an inning with a strikeout. Enright tossed two and a third scoreless innings while striking out three to earn the save.
Akron’s offense got on the board first. After Bo Naylor and Brayan Rocchio started the game with back-to-back hits, George Valera double home both to give the RubberDucks a 2-0 lead in the first. After Richmond tied the game in the second, the Ducks quickly answered back when a two-out single by Victor Nova scored Chris Roller to put Akron back on top 3-2. The Ducks added some needed insurance in the fourth inning when Julian Escobedo singled and stole second base before coming home on a Daniel Schneemann double to make it 4-2 Akron.
Valera extended his team-leading on-base streak to 17 games…Enright’s 10th save gives him the lead in the Eastern League…Game Time: 2:24…Attendance: 4,198
On the Pond
The RubberDucks will have Monday off before starting a two-week road trip on Tuesday, June 7 against the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark. The RubberDucks return to Canal Park on June 21. The game broadcast, powered by FirstEnergy, is on 640 WHLO.