RubberDucks open weekend with loss at Binghamton
Akron gave up a whopping 17 hits in Friday's lopsided loss.
BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton second baseman Dilson Herrera is making the most of a mid-season promotion to Double-A.Herrera headlined a sizzling B-Mets offense by going 3-for-3, with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and four RBI Friday night, as the Mets throttled the road-weary Akron RubberDucks, 12-3, in the opener of a three-game weekend series at NYSEG Stadium.
The loss sends the RubberDucks (72-60) back into second place in the EL West, one game behind Richmond, who won at home over Bowie, 3-0. The third place Baysox are 4 ½ games behind Akron. The top two teams in each division make the playoffs. Akron has 10 games remaining in the regular season, and currently have a magic number of six for clinching a playoff spot, according to MiLB.com.
Herrera, 20, was a mid-season all-star in the High-A Florida State League before joining the playoff-bound B-Mets (79-52) on June 19th. The Cartagena, Colombia, native has hit the ground running in the Eastern League. After his monster game on Friday, he’s hitting .346, with nine homers and 46 RBI.
Ironically, in what became the most lopsided loss of the season, the RubberDucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, notching RBI singles from Anthony Gallas and Alex Lavisky. Mets starter Tyler Pill (9-5) quickly settled; however, and worked through five innings, allowing no further runs, and picked up his ninth consecutive winning decision.
Akron starter Nick Maronde (0-1) wasn’t as fortunate. Making his Akron debut after being promoted from Mahoning Valley, Maronde gave up a three-run homer to Binghamton’s Jace Boyd in the first inning, wiping out the early lead. Unlike Pill, Maronde couldn’t right the ship. He gave up two more in the second on a two-run double by Herrera, and two more in the fourth on a triple by Brandon Nimmo, and—you guessed it—a sacrifice fly by Herrera, making it 7-2. Maronde, who was acquired by the Indians in July from the Angels, is transitioning back into a starting role after being used by the Angels as a situational reliever, mostly in the big leagues, over the past two years.
The onslaught continued against right-hander Jordan Cooper, who gave up five runs over two innings, including Herrera’s second double of the night in the sixth to make it 12-2.
Notes: Lavisky finished 3-for-4, with a double. Ronny Rodriguez drove in Lavisky with a double in the seventh when the game was no longer in doubt. The RubberDucks turned four double plays. The start of the game was delayed for 50 minutes due to a light rain shower. Shortstop Erik Gonzalez missed his ninth straight game with a sore groin, but said he expects to play on Saturday. Announced attendance was 5,189.
The RubberDucks and Mets will continue the series on Saturday night at 7:05. RHP Duke von Schamann (7-7, 4.05) is the scheduled starter for Akron, while the B-Mets are expected to go with RHP Greg Peavey (10-3, 3.00). 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 at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.