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RubberDucks drop series finale in Harrisburg, 4-2

Akron's only runs were driven in by Bryan LaHair, who went 1-for-4.

RubberDucks drop series finale in Harrisburg, 4-2
Akron center fielder Tyler Naquin raised his already stellar batting average to .316 on the season, after going 2-for-4 and scoring a run in the Ducks 4-2 loss to Harrisburg on Sunday. (Photo credit: David Monseur)
June 8, 2014
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HARRISBURG, PA. — Cutter Dykstra, son of former MLB great Lenny, had a double and two RBI in a 4-2 victory at home over the RubberDucks. Harrisburg took two out of three from Akron in this weekend’s series.

The game’s first run came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought in Michael Taylor, giving the Senators a one-run advantage.

Akron responded in the top of the sixth on a Bryan LaHair single to left field that brought in Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor to give the RubberDucks a 2-1 lead.

Harrisburg countered with a big three run-inning in the bottom half of the sixth inning. The Senators’ Mitch Canham started it off by reaching base on a rare fielding error by Joe Wendle. Harrisburg’s catcher proceeded to steal second the next at-bat. One batter later, Taylor singled Canham in, tying the game at 2. After getting Caleb Ramsey to fly out to left, RubberDucks’ starter Will Roberts (5-7, 4.02) surrendered a two-out RBI double to Dykstra, followed by a Matt Skole RBI single, giving the Senators all they needed to win this one.

Roberts had another solid outing, in spite of giving up four runs, as only one of those was earned. He yielded just three hits, struck out five and walked one.

Senators’ lefty Zach Kroenke (1-1, 4.09) earned the win. He pitched seven innings, gave up two earned runs on four hits, striking out three and walking four. Matt Grace recorded his third save of the year.

Enosil Tejeda and Louis Head combined for two scoreless innings of relief for Akron.

NOTE: Tyler Naquin extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .419 during this stretch.

The RubberDucks (38-24) have only scored two runs in their last 21 innings. Akron will return to Canal Park tomorrow to start a rare five-game series with the Binghamton Mets (32-29). Both starters are yet to be determined. 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.

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