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Akron RubberDucks top Erie SeaWolves after lengthy delay

Akron RubberDucks top Erie SeaWolves after lengthy delay
Photo credit: Brittany Chay/flickr
June 23, 2014
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AKRON, Ohio – As the RubberDucks emerged from their clubhouse at nearly 6:30 p.m., ready to take on the SeaWolves in the first game of a three-game set at Canal Park, the green-splattered radar foreshadowed a long evening ahead. 

Nearly six hours later, that forecast was correct, as Akron relieverShawn Armstrong tossed the final pitch at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday to secure a 7-1 victory for the home team.

“We all understand that it’s going to happen sometimes,” RubberDucks manager David Wallace said of the rain delay. “When it does, we might as well win it because, we’re here, we’re going to play it anyways, we might as well win it.” I mean, we’re here,

While the two hours of rain initially slowed the bats on both sides, the Akron offense woke up in a big way in the bottom of the third and wouldn’t look back.

Jake Lowery started the inning with a double to deep right-center before Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindorknocked back-to-back RBI singles to give the RubberDucks an early 2-0 lead. 

With two men on and just one out in the inning, Joey Wendle continued the rally with a walk to load the bases forBryan LaHair, who smoked a bases-clearing double down the right-field line to put the home team on top, 5-0.

“We were getting into some good counts. We weren’t chasing too much,” Wallace said of that third inning outburst. “In those type of games, it’s important to jump out early and when you do, it makes it a little bit easier.”

A moonshot off the batter’s eye in centerfield from Francisco Lindor and an RBI single from Ollie Linton would be the only other runs for the RubberDucks on the evening, which would be more than enough support for Akron starter Joe Colon.

With the comfort of a big lead propelling him through most of the evening, Colon cruised through seven innings of work, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six, en route to his seventh win of the season. 

“His tempo is really good right now and that starts with throwing strikes,” Wallace said of his starter. “When you got stuff as good as his, good things are going to happen.” 

The RubberDucks and SeaWolves will continue their three-game series tomorrow night at Canal Park, barring any more rain. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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