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Smith hits for the cycle, RubberDucks split series with 6-4 win

Akron recorded a season-high 19 hits in Sunday's victory.

Smith hits for the cycle, RubberDucks split series with 6-4 win
CF Jordan Smith had a monster game on Sunday. He went 4-for-5 hitting for the cycle, while driving in 3 RBI to set up the Akron RubberDucks 6-4 win over the Reading Fightin Phils. (Photo credit: David Monseur)
July 27, 2014
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READING, PA. — Jordan Smith hit a go-ahead 2-run triple in the top of the ninth that completed the cycle and led his RubberDucks (59-50) to a 6-4 win at Reading. Akron split the four-game series with the Fightin Phils (44-61).

Both Smith and Bryson Myles hit solo homers in Sunday afternoon’s game.

Seven RubberDucks had multi-hit performances in the win, including three-hit games from Erik Gonzalez and Bryan LaHair.

KC Serna’s three singles and designated hitter Kelly Dugan’s solo home run led Reading at the plate. The Fightin Phils led 3-1 after the third.

That was until Akron got to starter Chris Bootcheck in the fifth inning in a two out rally. Three singles from Gonzalez, Anthony Gallas and LaHair started it off, and it was followed with an Adam Abraham double that tied the game up, 3-3.

Jake Fox hit a RBI single off of Akron starter Will Roberts in the bottom half of the inning, putting Reading up by a run after five, 4-3.

Roberts pitched five innings in a no decision effort, which was his first of the season. He gave up four earned runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking one batter.

Smith led off the RubberDucks' next inning with a solo homer to right that knotted the game up at four apiece after six. He would then complete his amazing day at the plate with what turned into the game-winning triple in the top of the ninth.

Miguel Gonzalez (0-2, 3.38) suffered his second loss of the season, giving up two runs in the top of the ninth inning after throwing a scoreless eighth.

Shawn Armstrong (5-2, 2.11) earned his fifth win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings of relief and striking out two.

Kyle Simon threw two scoreless relief innings for Reading and Giovanni Soto also pitched two innings of scoreless relief for Akron.

The RubberDucks (59-50) return home Monday for a short three-game series with the Bowie BaySox (54-54). Akron will send LHP Shawn Morimando (1-1, 1.50) and Anthony Vasquez (5-6, 4.56) will be on the hill for the BaySox.

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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