RubberDucks explode on offense, win first game of road trip 15-10.
The RubberDucks combined for 16 hits as a team.
READING, Pa. — The RubberDucks (41-30) started their road trip off with a bang on Tuesday night with 15-8 win over the Fightin Phils (33-34). The team combined for nine extra-base hits, including two doubles and four RBI from recently featured outfielder Anthony Gallas and a 2-run triple from Joe Wendle.
Akron was able to get to Reading lefty Adam Loewen early, thanks to a couple of two-baggers from Wendle and Gallas that put Akron up 3-0 after the first inning.
Reading responded in the bottom of the second when Jake Fox hit a solo shot off of RubberDucks starter Toru Murata. Logan Moore hit an RBI line drive single to left a couple of batters later, cutting the defecit to 3-2.
The Fightins followed up one inning later with three more runs, two of which came on a Peter Lavin 2-run homer to right field. The home team added another run on an RBI single to right field by Zach Collier, making it five runs unanswered for Reading and giving his team a 5-3 advantage.
The RubberDucks responded with a 2-run inning of their own in the top of the fourth, thanks to a Jake Lowery sacrifice fly that scored Gallas and a Ronny Rodriguez solo home run to left that tied the game at five a-piece.
Loewen gave up six earned runs on five hits in 4.2 IP for the Fightin Phils. He struck out four and walked three in a no decision.
Gallas welcomed reliever Ryan O’Sullivan into the game with a line drive single to center that scored Naquin from second. One batter later, Tony Wolters hit a ball to third base that was booted by Reading third baseman Anthony Phillips, which allowed LaHair to score and gave Akron a 7-5 lead.
But the Fightins wouldn’t go away. After Lavin doubled and Kelly Dugan was hit by a pitch, Murata attempted to pickoff Lavin at second but Wendle missed the ball and allowed him to advance to third base. Fox hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center the play after. Two batters later, Collier singled in Dugan and once again Reading and Akron were knotted up, 7-7.
Manager David Wallace had seen enough and Murata (5-2, 4.30) was pulled. The right-hander received the win, but in odd-fashion. He pitched five innings and allowed seven runs on ten hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Akron took the lead once again when outfielder Jordan Smith doubled to left, advanced to third and scored Rodriguez on an error by Dugan. Naquin grounded out but scored Smith to give Akron a 9-7 advantage after six.
O’Sullivan (2-4, 2.76) was taken out of the game after surrendering the lead. The right-hander recorded his fourth loss of the season, giving up two earned runs on three hits.
The RubberDucks added more insurance in the seventh when Rodriguez hit an RBI double to left off of relief pitcher Kyle Simon, driving in Wolters and putting Akron ahead 10-7.
Enosil Tejeda was impressive in his two innings of relief for the RubberDucks, yielding only two hits and striking out three.
Akron added yet another run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Gallas that brought in Lindor, extending the lead to 11-7.
The Fightin Phils got to reliever Bryan Price in the bottom half of the inning when Moore hit the team’s third homer of the night, cutting the score to 11-8.
But the RubberDucks made sure to put the game away with a 4-run inning against Nefi Ogando in the top of the ninth, where Rodriguez hit his second double of the night and Joey Wendle tripled, which blew the game open to 15-8.
Akron’s Shawn Armstrong gave up a 2-run homer to Fox, his second of the night, but that was the only thing the home team could muster up in the bottom of the ninth, making the final score 15-10 in favor of the RubberDucks.
The RubberDucks play game two of this three game series tomorrow with Joseph Colon (5-4, 3.05) on the hill for Akron and Jesse Biddle (3-7, 4.06) starting for the Fightin Phils. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
NOTE: Tyler Naquin's hitting streak came to an end at 17 games.
Spencer Davies is a student at the University of Akron studying Sports Management with a minor concentrating in Mass Communication. He has interned for the Cleveland Indians minor league affiliate Akron RubberDucks, IMG College, and has shadowed Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico. He is currently an on-air sports personality at WZIP-FM and works for the Akron Beacon Journal. Follow Spencer on Twitter @SpinDavies.