Swisher, RubberDucks swept in doubleheader
Nick Swisher went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and line-out to SS in his first game at Akron. Tyler Naquin extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
AKRON, OH. — Nick Swisher coming into Akron on rehab assignment was about the only thing that was exciting about Tuesday night’s first game of a doubleheader, which the RubberDucks dropped 8-1 to the Mets.
Swisher went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sharp line-out to Mets shortstop Rylan Sandoval. The founding father of BrOhio said that it felt good to play baseball after being caged up for the last ten days, “It was nice to get out there and just kind of move around a little bit.”
Swisher went on to say that his health is improving, “Right now everything feels good, knees feel great, and we get to come back here and play nine innings tomorrow.”
Cody Anderson (2-4, 4.86) was knocked out early in his fourth loss of the season, allowing eight earned runs on ten hits in just three innings.
Binghamton left-hander Angel Cuan (2-3, 6.48) pitched a beauty, allowing just one earned run on five hits, punching out four, and earning the win.
Joe Wendle had the RubberDucks lone run on a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
Game 2 started off on a much better note for the RubberDucks, as they plated the first three runs of the game off of Mets starter Hamilton Bennett.
Tyler Naquin started them off by extending his hitting streak to 13 games with a leadoff single that evaded the glove of Mets second basemen Brian Burgamy. Francisco Lindor followed with a beautiful drag bunt down the first base line that advanced Naquin to second and earned the shortstop an infield single. Bennett proceeded to walk Joe Wendle after that, and then Bryan LaHair delivered an RBI single to center field. Alex Lavisky followed up with an RBI double of his own that scored Lindor and Wendle, giving the RubberDucks a 3-0 advantage after the first inning.
Binghamton responded with a solo shot from Lawley, who continued his big day. One batter later, Ceciliani hit a triple to deep center field and eventually scored from third when he stole home on a Matt Packer wild pitch with Rylan Sandoval at the plate. Manager David Wallace came out to argue that Sandoval was still in the baseline, but the umpire stood by his decision. The deficit was cut to 3-2 after two innings.
In the top of the fourth, the Mets tied the game up thanks to a Xorge Carrillo single that brought in Ceciliani from second base, making the score 3-3.
Binghamton struck once again in the top of the fifth when Packer walked one and gave up a single, leading to Adam Miller relieving him.
Packer (1-1, 8.68) lost his first start of the season, allowing five earned runs on six hits. The lefty struck out two and walked three.
Miller immediately surrendered a 2-run single to Kevin Plawecki, putting the Mets on top by two runs. It only got worse for “The Finger” after that, when he allowed a single, double, and a 2-run jack by Xorge Carrillo. Binghamton scored seven runs in the inning and took a commanding 10-3 lead.
That was all the visiting team needed, despite a desperation rally from Akron in the bottom of the seventh inning against Jon Velasquez. Naquin tripled and scored on a dropped third strike, and a LaHair RBI single to center followed. Binghamton then replaced Velasquez with Jack Leathersich, who got Jake Lowery to strike out looking, sealing the victory for the Mets.
Bennett got a no-decision, going for four innings allowing three earned runs on six hits. The southpaw struck out three and walked one.
T.J. Chism (1-0, 7.45) earned his first win of the season, holding the RubberDucks to two scoreless innings.
The RubberDucks (39-26) can still salvage the series as they have three more games against Binghamton (34-30) at home. Akron will start RHP Toru Murata (4-1, 2.14) and the Mets will go with RHP Matt Bowman (3-4, 4.44). Firsst pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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.