RubberDucks miss opportunities, fall to Baysox 7-1
Akron was doubled up 12 to 6 in the hits department on Saturday
AKRON, OH - While the “ZOOperstars,” a group of inflatable, sports-themed fauna, showed up to Canal Park on Saturday night, waddling their way into the hearts of the Akron crowd in the process, the bats of the Akron RubberDucks did not.
Following a mere two-run showing in a loss to Bowie Friday night, the RubberDucks’ offense wasn’t much better on Saturday, as they scored just one run on six hits in a 7-1 loss to the Baysox.
While multiple Bowie home runs stretched the lead late, the RubberDucks had multiple opportunities to keep the game within reach and were unable to take advantage.
RubberDucks manager seemed a bit frustrated as he hashed through the wasted opportunities throughout the evening.
“It looks like we’re just up there swinging, looking for a five-run home run,” Wallace said. “We’re trying to do too much and it’s not working.”
The first opportunity came in the the sixth inning, as Francisco Lindor reached on an error and stole second base with the RubberDucks trailing just 3-1. As quickly as he swiped second, however, Lindor was picked off, quickly ending the first scoring threat.
“Inexcusable mistake right there,” Wallace said. “It looked like he was trying to get a jump to steal third and it just didn’t need to happen. He’ll learn from it.”
Down 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the next Akron opportunity came to fruition with runners on second and third and no outs in the inning. Again, the opportunity didn’t last long, however, as Ronny Rodriguez and Francisco Lindor struck out back-to-back and Tony Wolters grounded to short to end the inning without bringing one runner home.
“It doesn’t look like there’s any plan. That’s a situation where we have to at least put that ball in play,” Wallace said. “No matter if you have to choke up half-way up the bat, I don’t care if you have to spread out, get on top of the plate; I don’t care what it is, find a way to get it done.”
While the RubberDuck offense couldn’t get the job done, Akron starter Will Roberts did enough in the eyes of Wallace, allowing four runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.
“I thought he pitched much better than his final line will show. He deserved better,” Wallace said. “He kept us in the game when we had no offensive momentum. I was proud of him and the season he’s put together.”
Overall, Wallace has been a bit disappointed by the various miscues the RubberDucks have had lately and doesn’t want his team to give in to the “dog days of summer” as the middle portion of the season begins.
“They’ve been around long enough to know and that’s the part that’s a little bit disappointing,” Wallace said. “If they want to get there, if we all want to get there, then we have to eliminate those mistakes.”
The RubberDucks will look to avoid the sweep against Bowie on Sunday afternoon from Canal Park. First pitch is set for 2:05 PM.