Akron RubberDucks snap skid with 11-3 win against Trenton
(Akron, Ohio) August 28, 2014 – The RubberDucks entered Thursday’s game against Trenton looking to avoid a four- game sweep, snap a six-game losing streak and zero in further on an EL playoff berth. After scoring 11 runs on 15 hits in an 11-3 victory over the Thunder at Canal Park, they managed to do all three.
Indians super-utility-man Ryan Raburn made the most of his second rehab start with the RubberDucks, stroking three RBI singles to jump-start a RubberDucks offense that had been held to four total runs in the first three games of the series. Raburn, testing out a sore right wrist that landed him on the Indians DL on August 18th, finished 3-4, on the night. All of his hits were opposite-field drives to right field.
Jaime Pedroza also had three hits for the RubberDucks (73-65), including an RBI triple in the fourth inning. Pedroza, hitting lead-off for the second straight game, reached base all five times he came to the plate. In addition to his triple and two singles, he walked once and was also hit by a pitch.
The RubberDucks reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one over the Bowie Baysox. Bowie eliminated Erie from the race with a 3-0 win at Jerry Uht Park. A single Akron win or a Bowie loss during the final four games of the season will secure a playoff berth for the RubberDucks. Moreover, first-place Richmond lost at Altoona, 3-2, meaning the RubberDucks are just two games out of first place with four left to play. The top two teams in the division make the playoffs with the second place team hosting the first two games of a best-of-five series beginning next Wednesday, September 3rd.
On Thursday, the RubberDucks rallied from a 3-1 deficit when they scored three times in the second inning to assume the lead for good. Jordan Smith lined a two-run single to right field off Trenton starter Joel De La Cruz (4-4) to tie the game. Two batters later, Raburn singled to right chasing home Smith for a 4-3 Akron lead.
Duke von Schamann (8-7) survived a shaky start to earn the win. Although he gave up a homer to Jake Cave on his second pitch of the game, and two more in the second inning, von Schamann settled in and pitched 5 2/3 innings. Giovanni Soto came in with a pair of runners on base in the sixth, and chipped in scoreless relief until handing things over to Adam Miller in the ninth. Miller retired the side in order to end it.
Notes: Trenton (67-71) had a seven-game winning streak snapped. Indians DH Jason Giambi also started for Akron, and stroked an RBI double in the first inning, his first hit and RBI for the RubberDucks in five rehab appearances this season. Joe Wendle had a pair of hits and two RBI and made a diving catch of Rob Segedin’s line drive with the bases loaded to save two runs in the second inning. Shortstop Erik Gonzalez had two hits, and RBi and a stolen base. He is hitting .353 with Akron. Attendance was 5,433.
The RubberDucks and Erie SeaWolves begin the final four-game series of the season on Friday night at 7:05. RHPJeff Ferrell (9-9, 5.55) is the expected starter for Erie, while the RubberDucks are expected to go with RHP Will Roberts (12- 12, 4.12). The game will be broadcast on WARF 1350 AM and online at 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 atwww.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.