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RubberDucks lose to SeaWolves, 4-2

Jordan Smith singled three times for the RubberDucks on Wednesday afternoon.

RubberDucks lose to SeaWolves, 4-2
Photo credit: Brittany Chay/flickr
June 25, 2014
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AKRON, Ohio — The Erie SeaWolves left Akron with a series tie at one a piece with a 4-2 victory at Canal Park.

Erie got things started in the first inning when Corey Jones singled in Jason Krizan from third base, giving the SeaWolves a 1-0 lead.

The RubberDucks responded thanks to a sharp line drive RBI single by Anthony Gallas that tied the game, 1-1. Erie’s starter Warwick Saupold exited the game early when his cleat got stuck in the dirt as he was trying to backup the catcher at home.

Ryan Robowski (3-0, 3.89) came on in relief for the SeaWolves and walked Tony Wolters to start the second inning. Akron’s catcher stole second two batters later, and Jordan Smith hit an RBI single in the gap between shortstop and third, giving the RubberDucks a 2-1 advantage.

In the third inning, Francisco Lindor took a bad hop off of his face and was taken out of the game. Justin Toole came in to play third and Ronny Rodriguez was moved to shortstop.

“I think his nose is the main concern. He wanted to stay in but it was a no-brainer to take him out. I don’t think its anything extremely serious,” manager David Wallace stated.

The following play, Steven Moya doubled to deep right field and tied the game back up, 2-2. Erie added on more when Dean Green singled to left field, bringing in two more for the visitors and extending their lead to 4-2 after the top of the third inning.

Will Roberts (7-8, 3.83) pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. The right-hander walked two and struck out three.

“Will battled. I don’t think he felt his best but he worked with what he had tonight and kept us in the game. We should’ve been able to put up some more runs than we did.” said Wallace.

Robowski threw two and two-thirds innings, giving up one earned run on three hits before being replaced by Slade Smith in the fourth inning.

That was all that the RubberDucks could get off of Erie’s pitching in Wednesday afternoon’s game.

The SeaWolves’ Smith, lefty reliever Will Startup, and righty Angel Nesbitt worked a combined three and one-thirds innings of scoreless relief, yielding three hits and striking out four. Nesbitt recorded his ninth save of the year.

Akron’s Louis Head replaced Roberts in the seventh inning and allowed only two hits in two scoreless innings of relief. Enosil Tejeda also threw a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.

Jordan Smith had his second three-hit game of the season with three singles for the RubberDucks. He also drove one in as well.

Wallace commented on the right-fielders day, “He’s really working hard on some mechanical adjustments at the plate and shortening his swing. He’s pulled some balls well lately on pitches with some pretty good velocity (mid-90s).” Wally added that he expects Smith’s sharp hitting to continue.

“We’re just going to keep working hard, playing hard, and playing smart. We’ll be there in the end,” Wallace commented.

Bryce Harper is joining the Harrisburg Senators tomorrow as they travel to Canal Park to take on the RubberDucks in a four-game series. Despite the “star power” of the all-star outfielder, Akron’s skipper welcomes the challenge, “Our guys won’t be star struck by any means, but they’ll look forward to the challenge and hopefully he’ll get his at-bats and get back to Washington.”

The RubberDucks (45-33) will send RHP Gabriel Arias (5-2, 3.14) and former Akron RHP Paolo Espino will take the mound for the Senators (30-46). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

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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