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May 16, 2017 - Eastern League (EL) - Akron RubberDucks News Release

Akron's Juan De La Cruz slapped a three-run doublein his first Double-A at-bat, and right-hander Nick Pasquale tossed fiveshutout innings, as the RubberDucks defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6-1,Tuesday afternoon at Canal Park.

Playing in his first game since being called up fromClass-A Lake County, De La Cruz drilled a bases-clearing double to theright-center gap in the second inning off Richmond starter Sam Coonrod (1-4).The timely hit gave the RubberDucks a 3-0 lead.

Pasquale(3-2) won his second straight start and lowered his ERA to 1.00 in three startsthis month. On Tuesday, Pasquale allowed only three hits over five innings. Heworked around three walks and fanned five batters. Cameron Hill worked threeinnings and allowed just one run on a solo homer by Richmond's Dylan Davis inthe seventh. That run snapped a13-inning scoreless streak for Hill. Right-hander Neil Holland closed out thegame with a scoreless ninth.

De La Cruz made his first start behind the plate andfinished 1-3 on the day. Mark Mathias socked a two-run home run in the eighthinning to provide a pair of insurance runs. It was his first homer of the year.Todd Hankins was 2-3, with a walk, and collected just his second multi-hit gameof the year. Luigi Rodriguez drove in the other RubberDucks run with asacrifice fly in the fifth.

TheRubberDucks (16-18) have won four of the last five games...Coonrod walked four,hit two and struck out seven for the Squirrels (16-21)...Joe Sever and Mathiaspulled off a double steal in the second prior to De La Cruz's double...Akron'sBobby Bradley left the game in the fifth after suffering a srained right middlefinger...Mike Papi, who replaced Bradley, went 0-1, with a walk, snapping his10-game hit streak....Time of Game: 2:40 ...Attendance: 5,994.

On Deck The RubberDucks and Squirrels will play the seriesand homestand finale on Wednesday morning at 10:35. The game will bebroadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn RadioApp.

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