SeaWolves sneak past RubberDucks in extras, 3-2
Akron fell in the tenth inning to Erie in a pitchers duel on Friday.
AKRON, OH – The Erie SeaWolves snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the 10th inning by launching back-tobackdoubles, bringing home the go-ahead run and giving them just enough to defeat the Akron RubberDucks, 3-2, on Friday night at Canal Park.
The teams traded momentum as Erie posted a single run in the second and third inning and the 'Ducks followed byposting a single run in each of the fourth and fifth frames.
The SeaWolves were first to drive in a run when right fielder Steven Moya crossed on a Francisco Martinez sacrifice fly inthe top of the second frame. Erie second baseman Devon Travis sent a solo bomb to left-center field to help theSeaWolves to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third inning.
The RubberDucks got on the board when Adam Abraham doubled, advanced on a wild pitch from Thompson and scoredon a ground-out. Another ground-out in the bottom of the fifth created a scoring opportunity for Ronny Rodriguez andknotted the score at 2-2.
In his second AA appearance, Akron starter Shawn Morimando hurled six innings in which he allowed six hits and tworuns while striking out one. The lefty's six-inning outing matched his AA debut on May 30 at Canal Park when he workedthrough six shutout innings and racked up six strikeouts.
SeaWolves starter Jake Thompson posted a similar line, helping to lock the game at a 2-2 tie after spending the first sixinnings on the mound, allowing five hits and two runs and striking out two.
Erie closer Angel Nesbitt (1-0) picked up the win after pitching two innings and allowing one hit and fanning one.Shawn Armstrong (4-2) pitched the final inning, gave up two hits and one run and struck out two.
The RubberDucks and SeaWolves will continue the series with a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game beginningat 5:05 p.m. at Canal Park. The probables for game one are RHP Cody Anderson (4-8, 4.76) for Akron and LHP JoshTurley (NR) for Erie. For game two, the SeaWolves will send RHP Wilsen Palacios (5-4, 5.14) to the mound, while the theRubberDucks will counter with RHP Jordan Cooper (6-1, 4.37). The games will be broadcast on WARF 1350 AM andwww.AkronRubberDucks.com.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is its 18th since moving toCanal Park and its first since becoming the RubberDucks. For more information and merchandise featuring the AkronRubberDucks, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.