Akron RubberDucks to Richmond Flying Squirrels in 11 innings
(Richmond, Va.) July 9, 2014 – The legend of Anthony Gallascontinued to grow Wednesday night as the Northeast Ohio native delivered the key blow for the Akron RubberDucks in a 5-2, 11-inning victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels at the Diamond.
Gallas stroked a one-out, RBI double to left field in the top of the 11th inning off Richmond righthander Edwin Quirarte to break a 2-2 tie. He chased home Francisco Lindor, who smacked a lead-off single, stole second and went to third on a groundout by Adam Abraham.
Before the 11th ended, the RubberDucks (52-40) tacked on two more runs aginst Quirarte (4-4). Tony Wolters followed with an RBI single to score Gallas, and Wolters later scored on a fielding error to make it 5-2.
Louis Head worked the 11th for Akron to earn his second save of the season. He retired the first two batters, but then served up a single and a walk to allow the tying run to reach the plate. Facing Richmond’s Skyler Stromsmoe, Head worked the count to 1-2, and then painted the outside corner with a nasty curve ball for a strikeout to end the game. Shawn Armstrong (2-1) pitched scoreless ball in the 9th and 10th to pick up the win.
Gallas, a Strongsville High and Kent State alum, burst onto the Akron scene on June 11th after an all-star first half at Class-A Carolina. In his first extended action at the Double-A level, Gallas has hit the proverbial cover off the ball since he arrived. After his game-winning RBI Wednesday, he is hitting .369, with five homers and 16 RBI in 26 games with the RubberDucks. After missing most of last season following hip surgery, Gallas now has 10 doubles and an on-base percentage of .382. He’s also played nearly flawless defense, having committed just one error. The only difference between Gallas and Roy Hobbs is that Gallas hasn’t yet broken any stadium lights or scoreboard clocks.
The RubberDucks have won two of the first three games against the first-place Flying Squirrels (54-38), and have closed the gap to just two games in the EL West standings.
All-star righthander Joe Colon started for the RubberDucks and pitched well in a no-decision. Colon worked the first six innings and allowed just one run. He walked three and fanned five. He lowered his ERA to 2.56, which ranks second in the EL.
Ronny Rodriguez slugged a solo homer in the seventh inning, his fifth of the year. It gave the RubberDucks a 2-1 lead until Richmond’s Devin Harris homered off Elvis Araujo in the eighth to tie the game, 2-2.
The RubberDucks and Squirrels will play the final game of the series on Thursday evening at 7:05. RHP Will Roberts (8- 9, 3.75) will start for the RubberDucks, and RHP Clayton Blackburn (3-5, 3.04) is the announced starter for Richmond. 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 the 18th since moving to Canal Park and the first as the RubberDucks. For more information, including official team merchandise, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. Fans may also follow the team on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.