RubberDucks Out-Foxed at Reading, 6-3
Akron went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position in Saturday's loss.
READING, PA – Reading designated hitter Jake Fox went 3-for-4, with a pair of RBI on Saturday night as the Fightin Phils claimed a 6-3 victory over the Akron RubberDucks at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The RubberDucks (58-50) lost for the ninth time in the last 10 games, but remained stationary in second place in the EL West standings as both Richmond (1st) and Bowie (3rd) lost.
An early 1-0 lead courtesy of Bryan LaHair’s RBI triple in the third inning quickly evaporated when Phils newcomer K.C. Serna belted a solo homer off Joe Colon (8-6) in the bottom of the third inning to tie the score, 1-1. Fox drilled a RBI single in the fourth inning to make it 2-1, and then Reading blew it open with four more in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.
During the four-run rally, the Fightins collected four doubles, including a two-run double by Kelly Dugan and a RBI double by Fox.
In the series, Fox, a former major league infielder with Chicago, Oakland, and Baltimore, has a homer, double and five RBI. He is now making his presence known in the Phillies organization after signing as a free agent out of the Mexican League in mid-June. After his three-hit effort on Saturday, Fox is hitting .347 with 14 homers and 44 RBI.
Colon, Akron’s pitching ace, saw his winless streak reach five starts, including losses in his last two. He hasn’t won since June 29th. He lasted six innings and gave up six runs on nine hits.
Tim Fedroff stroked a two-run double in the seventh to make it 6-3. The RubberDucks brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth, but righthander Neifi Ogando got Ronny Rodriguez to ground out to end the inning. Lefty Hoby Milner (6-5) started and won for the Phils, and Colton Murray earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.
The RubberDucks and Fightins (44-60) will play the fourth and final game of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35. RHP Will Roberts (10-10, 3.98) is scheduled to start for Akron, while the Fightins have tabbed RHP Chris Bootcheck (1-2, 7.07). The game will be broadcast on WARF 1350 AM and 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.