Von Schamann brilliant in Ducks 5-0 shutout win
Duke von Schamann hurled 7 innings of scoreless baseball on Friday.
READING, PA – Akron right-hander Duke von Schamann rode to the rescue for the RubberDucks Friday night, serving up seven shutout innings in a 5-0 victory over the Reading Fightin Phils at First Energy Stadium.
Von Schamann teamed with lefty Elvis Araujo to blank the Fightins on three harmless singles. The win snapped Akron’seight-game losing streak, and helped the RubberDucks gain a game on first-place Richmond, who lost at Erie, 2-0. Third place Bowie also lost, falling 3-1 versus Altoona. Thus, Akron is 6 ½ games out of first, but now holds a 3 ½ game leadover the Baysox with 35 games left in the regular season.
A starting pitching performace like von Schamann delivered Friday was exactly what the team, and the right-hander himself, needed. While he halted Akron’s eight-game skid, von Schamann also snapped a personal, six-game losingstreak. He had not experienced a win since a June 9th victory against Binghamton. On Friday, he was practically unhittable, keeping the Reading hitters off balance with a combination of off-speed pitches and impeccable location withhis fastball. Of his 85 pitches, 65 were strikes.
In two starts against the Fightins this season, von Schamann (4-6) has tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings. That dominance continued Friday when he walked none and fanned three. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, including the finaleight in a row. Araujo completed the whitewash with two scoreless innings, including a 1-2-3 ninth.
The RubberDucks (58-49) got all the offense they would need in the first inning on Bryan LaHair’s RBI double off Reading starter Adam Loewen (1-4). LaHair added an RBI single in the 3rd, and the RubberDucks doubled the lead to 4-0 in the sixth on RBI’s by Tony Wolters and Jake Lowery. Justin Toole capped the scoring with a RBI double in the ninth, his second such hit of the series.
After going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position Thursday, the RubberDucks were a far more opportunistic, 3-for-9 on Friday. Another positive development for Akron was the return of shortstop Erik Gonzalez to the lineup. Gonzalez missedthe last two games with a sore right hip, but played Friday and went 1-for-5, with a single and run scored.
The RubberDucks and Fightins (43-60) will play game three of the series on Saturday evening at 6:35. RHP Joe Colon(8-5, 2.50) is scheduled to start for Akron, while the Fightins have tabbed LHP Hoby Milner (5-5, 4.79). The game will bebroadcast 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 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.