Akron holds Reading scoreless through 9, fall in extras
Ducks leave 11 runners stranded on base, and six during extra innings.
AKRON, OH – Pitching stole the show for both the Akron RubberDucks and the Reading Fightin’ Phils, leading to a 12-inning, 2-1 win for the Fightin’ Phils at Friday night’s game in Canal Park.
The scoreboard repeated zeros for 11 innings, with a home run by Reading’s Edgar Duran breaking the scoreless tie in the 12th inning. A RBI by Brock Stassi brought the Fightin’ Phils lead to 2-0 in the top of the 12th.
Nefi Orgando, who earned the save, walked four Akron batters in the 12th,contributing to the Duck’s only run in the game. A fly-out to left field by Joe Wendle ended the three hour and 54-minute game, stranding three runners on base.
The RubberDucks left 11 runners stranded on base overall, six of which were during extra innings.
RubberDuck starter Duke von Schamann threw seven and two-thirds innings, the longest outing for any Akron starter on the season. Von Schamann allowed four hits, three walks, one wild pitch, two strikeouts and 21 of his first pitches were strikes The right-hander worked his way out of a jam in the sixth, stranding three runners on base to leave the score tied at 0-0.
Adam Miller relieved von Schamann, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing no hits. Of Miller’s 29 pitches, 20 were strikes. Duck’s closer Shawn Armstrong took the loss for Akron, pitching two innings, allowing two runs and two walks.
Reading starter Hoby Milner threw 6.1 innings and 100 pitches for the Fightin’ Phils, recording five strikeouts and allowing three hits. Milner retired seven-consecutive Ducks through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Phils’ reliever Ryan O’Sullivan threw 18 pitches in his 1.2 innings on the mound, 13 of which were strikes.
Tyler Knigge (2-0) earned the win for Reading, pitching two innings, earning two strikeouts and allowing three hits.
The Akron RubberDucks will continue their four-game series against the Reading Fightin’ Phils Saturday night at 6:35 PM in Canal Park. Gabriel Arias (5-2, 3.38) will start for the Ducks, and Perci Garner (4-2, 3.57) for the Phils. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM in the Akron area, and also via 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.