RubberDucks outlast Senators, rain to claim 6-5 win
Akron churned out 14 hits on Sunday led by 4 from SS Erik Gonzalez.
HARRISBURG, PA – Erik Gonzalez stroked four hits on Sunday, including a two-run triple, as the Akron RubberDucks defeated the Harrisburg Senators, 6-5, in the finale of a four-game series at Metro Bank Park.
The RubberDucks (61-55) avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Senators (47-66), who had won the first threegames of the series, all by one-run margins. On Sunday, it was the RubberDucks turn to prevail in a nail-biter.
After beginning the game at 2:00 PM the teams were forced to wait through a 1-hour and 48-minute delay in the seventh inning.
Gonzalez raised his average to .408, with his first AA four-hit game. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games. His two-run triple in the seventh was part of a three-run rally that, along with an Anthony Gallas RBI single, gave Akron a 5-1 lead.
After the game resumed in the bottom of the seventh, Harrisburg’s Kevin Keyes stroked a two-run single off lefty reliever Giovanni Soto to close the gap to 5-3. In the top of the eighth, Akron’s Jake Lowery led off with a solo homer, his third ofthe year, to make it 6-3, Akron. That run proved pivotal, as Harrisburg scored two more in the eighth to pull to within, 6-5.
With the bases loaded and no one out, Soto fanned three straight hitters to preserve the lead. Shawn Armstrong then worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save.The win went to Enosil Tejeda (3-1), who tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Jordan Cooper worked the first 4 2/3 innings.
Gallas went 3-for-5 on the day. He belted a two-run homer in the first inning off Senators starter Austin Voth (0-2). It was his 11th of the year. Ollie Linton also collected three hits, including a pair of doubles.
After an off-day Monday, the RubberDucks (61-55) will begin a three-game series against New Britain at Canal Park on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Duke von Schamann (5-6, 3.92) is the scheduled starter for Akron, while LHP Jason Wheeler (2-3, 3.77) is expected to get the ball for Rock Cats. The game will be broadcast on WARF 1350 AM and online at www.AkronRubberDucks.com.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is the 18th since moving toCanal 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 at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.