Senators prevail over Ducks in series finale, 7-5
Harrisburg had an answer for Akron every inning on Sunday.
HARRISBURG, PA – Harrisburg’s Matt Skole hit a two-run double during a three-run seventh-inning rally Sunday, as the Senator’s came from behind to beat the Akron RubberDucks, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game series at Metro Bank Park.
It was also the final game of a six game road trip for the RubberDucks (44-32). Although they lost two of three against Harrisburg, the RubberDucks finished the trip 4-2, overall. Akron’s lead in the EL West also took a hit Sunday, as Richmond defeated Erie, 7-3, to pull to within a half-game of first-place Akron.
In a game that featured four lead changes, the RubberDucks held a 4-3 lead going to the seventh, but the Senators (30-43) rallied against righthander Toru Murata (5-3). With one out Wilson Ramos and Cutter Dykstra each singled. Skole then followed with a gapper to left-center to score both runs. And make it 5-4. Skole later scored on a single by Caleb Ramsey to make it 6-4.
After pulling to within 6-5, on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Gallas in the eighth, the Senators scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Michael Taylor scored on a wild pitch. Before that, Taylor stole third base on a close play. Akron manager David Wallace argued that Taylor should have been called out, and was ejected by third-base umpire Junior Valentine.
Harrisburg closer Tyler Herron pitched the final two innings to earn his third save. He stranded two runners on base in the ninth. Bryan Harper (1-0) pitched 2/3 of an inning in the seventh to earn his first AA win.
Joe Wendle slugged a two-run homer in the fourth inning against Sens starter A.J. Cole to give Akron a 2-1 lead. It was his team-leading eighth of the year and his second homer in as many days. The RubberDucks took a 4-3 lead in the eighth on a RBI single by Justin Toole and a fielding error by Harrisburg center fielder Caleb Ramsey on a single by Tyler Naquin.
Duke von Schamann started for Akron and went five innings. He allowed three runs, but walked a personal-high five batters and hit another.
The RubberDucks will return home to Canal Park to host the Erie SeaWolves in a three-game series beginning Monday night at 7:05. RHP Joe Colon (6-4, 2.98) will oppose Erie RHP Tommy Collier (2-6, 3.30). 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 at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.