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Senators power-up in 5-2 win over Ducks

Akron went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in Saturday's loss.

Senators power-up in 5-2 win over Ducks
Akron third baseman Ronny Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a double and scored a run in the RubberDucks 5-2 loss on Saturday. (Photo credit: Brittany Chay)
June 22, 2014
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HARRISBURG, PA – Harrisburg’s Wilson Ramos slugged a three-run homer in the third inning Saturdaynight, one of three Senators home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Akron RubberDucks at Metro Bank Park.

Ramos, appearing with the Senators on a minor league rehab assignment from the Washington Nationals, jacked a threerunshot to right off Cody Anderson (2-6) to snap a 1-1 tie. Eight batters came to the plate in the inning, which proved tobe Anderson’s last. Rick Hague doubled and Jeff Kobernus walked prior to the Ramos’s rainmaker.

The series is now even at one-game apiece with the rubber game scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The RubberDucks(44-31) saw their four-game win streak come to an end, while the Senators (29-43) snapped a five-game skid.

Akron’s Joe Wendle launched a solo homer to right with two outs in the first inning, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead againstformer Akron star Paolo Espino. Harrisburg’s Kevin Keyes tied it with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw from Andersonin the second inning to tie it up, 1-1. It was Keyes’ 11th of the year.

The RubberDucks pulled to within 4-2, in the fifth when Ronny Rodriguez doubled and came home to score on a fieldingerror by Keyes. After that, the Senators bullpen rose to the occasion, stifling the RubberDucks on one hit over the last four innings. Derek Self worked three scoreless frames, and Robert Benincasa authored a perfect ninth for his first AA save.

Anderson left after three innings, and was saddled with his third straight loss. Jordan Cooper picked up the slack, hurling four innings of impressive relief. He retired the first seven batters he faced, firing 19 strikes among his first 20 pitches. Heallowed only a solo homer to Hague leading off the seventh to make it 5-2. Lefty Giovanni Soto worked the ninth, strikingout two.

Espino (3-3), Akron’s all-time strikeout leader during his tenure in the Indians organization, lasted five innings and allowedjust four hits to pick up the win. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. He evened his record on the season overalland against the RubberDucks, who beat him at Canal Park on June 1st, 6-3.

Rodriguez and Anthony Gallas had two hits apiece for Akron. Alex Lavisky was 0-4, ending a six-game hitting streak.The RubberDucks and Senators will finish up the series on Sunday afternoon at 2:00. It will also conclude the road trip forAkron. RHP Duke von Schamann (3-1, 3.09) will oppose Harrisburg RHP A.J. Cole (6-3, 2.78). The game will bebroadcast 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 toCanal Park and the first as the RubberDucks. For more information, including official team merchandise, go towww.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. Fans may also follow the team on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.

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