Adam Abraham drives in six, RubberDucks win 11-2
Erik Gonzalez also recorded his first hit and RBI as a RubberDuck in Sunday's win.
AKRON, OH. — Adam Abraham homered and doubled twice to drive in a game-high six runs batted in, leading the Akron RubberDucks (47-35) to an 8-2 victory Sunday afternoon over the Harrisburg Senators (32-48). The win split the series between the two teams.
“Impressive,” manager David Wallace exclaimed. “Adam is an experienced hitter who knows what he’s doing at the plate. He did a good job getting some good pitches and laying off of some tough ones. He’s going to be a good batter for us in the middle of our lineup.”
Ollie Linton started things off for Akron with a double to deep right field. Gonzalez followed with his first hit as a RubberDuck, and Abraham doubled in the next at-bat to tie the game. The next play, former Akron-turned-Harrisburg starter Brett Brach (1-3, 5.57) threw a wild pitch that let Gonzalez score from third and advanced Abraham to third. Anthony Gallas then hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field that allowed Abraham to score, giving the RubberDucks a 3-1 advantage after one.
Brach exited after five innings of work, giving up three earned runs on eight hits.
“We were pretty familiar with Brett Brach. We knew he was going to try to get us to chase, and we got to him in the first inning, but he did a good job of adjusting and keeping us off-balance from there. I thought he pitched in better,” said Wallace.
Akron right-hander Joseph Colon (8-4, 2.79) settled in nicely after giving up a run in the opening inning, but at the same time walked a season-high five batters. He gave up two hits and struck out four before was pulled after the fifth inning. Colon picked up his eighth win of season.
“Even though he didn’t have his best stuff today, I think he really battled. He had a couple more walks than he usually does, but he gave our defense a chance to work,” manager David Wallace proclaimed.
Wally continued, “He tends to get a little too fine with some of his pitches. We want him to be more aggressive in the zone. Sometimes he gets a little carried away with trying to nibble and strike everybody out.”
Jordan Cooper relieved Colon in the sixth inning and was solid in one and two-thirds innings of work, but was pulled in the seventh when he walked two batters. J.C. Ramirez replaced Cooper and walked two more batters, allowing Harrisburg to cut the deficit to 3-2 after the top of the seventh.
“I thought Jordan threw the ball well and kept us in it, and then J.C. came in and it took him a couple of batters to find his command, but he did and it gave us a chance to come back and put some more runs up,” Wally said.
The RubberDucks responded yet again, putting up three runs on Senators’ reliever Scott McGregor. Highlighting Akron’s inning was an RBI single by Gonzalez and Abraham’s 2-run double, his second of the night, which gave the RubberDucks a 6-2 lead after the bottom of the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth, Akron got to LHP Bryan Harper. Jordan Smith starting things off by tacking on two more runs when he blooped a single to left field. Abraham’s sensational day at the plate continued when he hit a 3-run bomb to left center, giving the RubberDucks some major breathing room after the eighth with an 11-2 lead.
J.C. Ramirez and Shawn Armstrong pitched a combined two and one-thirds scoreless innings for Akron.
The RubberDucks (47-35) will travel to Erie for a four-game series against the SeaWolves (34-45). Akron will start RHP Will Roberts (7-8, 3.83) and RHP Nick Avila (0-3, 5.51) will get the call for Erie. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. on Monday night.
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.