Akron RubberDucks rally to beat Altoona Curve, 6-2, behind Naquin
(Altoona, Pa.) May 21, 2014 – Tyler Naquin was 2-5, with an RBI single and three-run homer Wednesday, as the Akron RubberDucks defeated the Altoona Curve, 6-2, at People’s Natural Gas Field.
The RubberDucks (30-15) became the first EL team to reach the 30-win plateau this season. They have won two straight against the Curve, and will look to win the series on Thursday morning at 10:30. Akron also improved to 12-4 against Altoona this season.
Naquin lifted a Texas-League single to center field in the seventh inning off Nick Kingham (1-5) to drive in Ronny Rodriguez for a 3-1 Akron lead. After the Curve pulled to within 3-2 in their half of the seventh, Naquin drilled a three-run homer to left field in the top of the ninth to push the lead to a more comfortable, 6-2, margin. The homer was Naquin’s second of the year, and his four RBI raised his total to 17.
After trailing 1-0 early, the RubberDucks came back to take a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Justin Toole scored when Tony Wolters’ grounder to first was misplayed for an error, and Bryson Myles drove in Francisco Lindor with a double to left.
Akron starter Joe Colon (3-2) turned in a fine outing, scattering five hits and one run over five innings, and lowering his ERA to 2.72 through his first nine starts. He fanned a season-high seven batters and walked only one. He allowed a run- scoring single to Alen Hanson in the fifth which gave Altoona a brief 1-0 lead.
Tyler Sturdevant worked the final two innings for his fifth save in five chances. After entering the game with a 3-2 lead, he came back after Naquin’s home run widened the margin and fanned the side in the ninth.
The RubberDucks and Curve (17-27) will conclude the series Thursday morning at 10:30. RHP Will Roberts (4-4, 4.17) will start for Akron, while RHP A.J. Morris (4-0, 1.46) is the announced starter for Altoona. 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 the 18th since moving to Canal Park and the first as the RubberDucks. For more information, including official team merchandise, go towww.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. Fans may also follow the team on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.