RubberDucks Game Recap
Somerset Patriots (33-19) 2, Akron RubberDucks (30-23) 1
WP: Will Warren (1-1) LP: Joey Cantillo (2-3) Save: Steven Jennings (2)
Akron left-hander Joey Cantillo started with five no-hit innings, but Somerset rallied for two sixth-inning runs, and Patriots pitchers faced the minimum over the final seven innings for a 2-1 victory at TD Bank Ballpark Wednesday night. The RubberDucks dropped to a three-way tie with Erie and Richmond (both 30-23) in the Eastern League Southwest Division.
With a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Cantillo walked Patriots first baseman Chad Bell, and third baseman Max Burt grounded a single to left field for his team’s first hit. Shortstop Anthony Volpe singled to left field, loading the bases with no outs. Left fielder Elijah Dunham grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring the tying run, and against left-hander Andrew Misiaszek, designated hitter Josh Breaux’s groundout to third base scored the go-ahead run for a 2-1 lead.
Cantillo retired the first 13 batters of the game for the second time in three starts. In the fifth inning, a one-out walk was the first Somerset baserunner, but he retired the next two batters. He lasted a season-long 5 1/3 innings, but was charged with two earned runs on two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Misiaszek allowed an inherited runner to score but yielded only one hit and struck out two batters in 2 1/3 innings.
Akron took its lead against right-hander Will Warren in the top of the second inning. First baseman Micah Pries reached on an error, and second baseman José Tena grounded into a fielder’s choice. On center fielder Chris Roller’s single to center field, Tena was thrown out at third base, but Roller advanced to second base. Left fielder Julian Escobedo drove in Roller with a single to right-center field. After that inning, Somerset pitchers faced the minimum number of hitters, getting two double plays, and catcher Bo Naylor was thrown out trying to reach second base after a single.
Somerset remained a half-game behind Hartford (34-19) for first place in the Eastern League Northeast Division…A night after Akron turned four double plays, while Somerset turned three, the Patriots turned three Wednesday…The RubberDucks are 8-8 in one-run games…Right fielder George Valera was 0-for-3, ending a five-game hitting streak and 18-game on-base streak…Game Time: 1:57 (quickest nine-inning game for Akron this season)…Attendance: 4,277.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks continue their six-game series in Somerset at 6:35 p.m. EDT Thursday. Akron left-hander Logan Allen (3-3, 3.83 ERA) is scheduled to face Patriots right-hander Luis Medina (1-2, 3.90 ERA). The game broadcast, powered by FirstEnergy, is on 640 WHLO,