2-run 9th gives Akron RubberDucks walk off win against New Britain
(Akron, Ohio) August 6, 2014 – Akron outfielder Tim Fedroffgrounded a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night, lifting the RubberDucks to a 6-5 walk-off victory over the New Britain Rock Cats at Canal Park.
With the 'Ducks trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth and facing New Britain closer Cole Johnon (2-7), Jake Lowery kicked off the frame with solo shot to right field to tie the game before Fedroff powered through an 11-pitch at bat and clubbed a two-out, RBI single to give the RubberDucks a 6-5 victory. The RubberDucks have won both games in the series with the Rock Cats and three in a row overall.
The win was also timely for the RubberDucks as both teams they are battling for playoff positions both lost. First place Richmond lost at home to Binghamton, 5-1, and third-place Bowie fell to Portland, also at home, 7-4. Thus, the RubberDucks pulled to within 3 1⁄2 games of first, and extended the lead on Bowie to 5 1⁄2. The top two teams in the division make the EL playoffs. Akron has 24 regular season games remaining.
The RubberDucks started out hot when three back-to-back lead-off hits and a double steal of second and home helped give Akron a 3-0 lead in the opening frame. Included in the three hits was a single from Erik Gonzalez, which helped the infielder to a 17-game hitting streak to tie Tyler Naquin for the team's longest hitting streak of the season.
During the streak, Gonzalez has been batting .440 and has gone 33-75 at the dish. The 22-year old began his hitting streak on June 29 after hitting safely in all but his first two games with the RubberDucks.
The Rock Cats posted a pair of runs in the top of the third as Akron responded with one of its own to stay ahead 4-2 after three innings. A ground-rule double followed by an RBI double from New Britain made it a one-run game at 4-3 in the top of the fifth.
Two solo homers in the top of the sixth gave the Rock Cats a go-ahead run and the 5-4 lead heading into the ninth inning.
Each of Akron's nine position players recorded a hit on the night as the team totaled 12 hits in the game to the Rock Cats' 10.
Closer Enosil Tejeda (4-1) picked up the win after pitching the final inning and allowing one hit while striking out two. The loss was handed to New Britain closer Johnson.
The RubberDucks (63-55) and Rock Cats (55-60) will close out the three-game series at Canal Park on Thursday night at 7:05. Akron will send RHP Will Roberts (10-11, 4.13) to the mound while RHP Tyler Duffey (8-2, 3.81) will make the start for New Britain. The game will be broadcast on WARF 1350 AM and www.AkronRubberDucks.com.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is its 18th since moving to Canal Park and its first since becoming the RubberDucks. For more information and merchandise featuring the Akron RubberDucks, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.