RubberDucks Game Recap
Akron RubberDucks (30-22) 4, Somerset Patriots (32-19) 3, 10 innings
WP: Jerson Ramírez (3-1) LP: Jose Mujica (0-1) Save: None
Down to their final out in the road trip opener, the RubberDucks rallied with third baseman Victor Nova’s ninth-inning, game-tying RBI double, and Akron center fielder Chris Roller’s game-winning RBI triple in the 10th inning for a 4-3 victory over the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark Tuesday night, putting Akron in a first-place tie in the Southwest Division.
With Akron trailing, 3-2, in the ninth inning, second baseman Daniel Schneemann grounded a single to right field off Somerset right-hander Derek Craft. Nova then drilled a double to center field to tie the game. The next inning, with shortstop Brayan Rocchio at third base and two outs, Roller lined a triple to left field. In the bottom of the 10th, second baseman Jesus Bastidas lined out to Rocchio, who threw to Schneemann to complete a game-ending double play.
Right-hander Hunter Gaddis allowed a first-inning RBI double by Somerset catcher Josh Breaux but kept Somerset off the scoreboard again through the fifth inning. Breaux tied the game with a sixth-inning leadoff home run, and Gaddis departed after allowing a double to Bastidas, lasting 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and four walks with four strikeouts. He was charged with his third run after right-hander Brett Daniels walked the first three batters he faced, giving the Patriots a 3-2 lead. Daniels went 1 1/3 innings, and right-hander Robert Broom pitched a scoreless eighth inning around two walks. Right-hander Jerson Ramírez allowed a hit and a hit batter but had two double plays turned behind him in two innings.
Trailing, 1-0, in the fourth inning, the RubberDucks tied the game off right-hander Randy Vasquez. Roller singled, left fielder Julian Escobedo walked, designated hitter Jonathan Engelmann reached on an error, and Schneemann grounded into a double play. Akron took the lead in the fifth inning, as right fielder George Valera and first baseman Micah Pries hit two-out singles, and right-hander Barrett Loseke threw a wild pitch to score Valera for a 2-1 Akron lead.
Akron turned four double plays, while Somerset turned three…The RubberDucks are 3-0 in extra-inning games among seven games total in Somerset, beginning in 2021…This season, they are 4-3 overall in extra innings and 8-7 in one-run games…Valera extended a five-game hitting streak and 18-game on-base streak…Game Time: 2:50…Attendance: 4,240.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks continue their six-game series in Somerset at 6:35 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Akron left-hander Joey Cantillo (2-2, 2.19 ERA) is scheduled to face Patriots right-hander Will Warren (0-1, 9.64 ERA). The game broadcast, powered by FirstEnergy, is on 640 WHLO.