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RubberDucks Sweep Double Dip

June 20, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Akron RubberDucks News Release

RubberDucks center fielder Ka'ai Tom hit a two-run triple in the eighth inning of a 3-2, extra-inning win that completed Wednesday's rain-suspended second game of a doubleheader, and left fielder Mitch Longo hit two of Akron's four home runs in a 12-6 win over the Reading Fightin Phils to earn a four-game series split at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday night.

Turning Point

In a 1-1, eighth-inning tie from Wednesday night, RubberDucks shortstop Ernie Clement hit an infield single, before Tom's two-run triple made it 3-1 against Reading right-hander Addison Russ (1-4). In Thursday's scheduled game, Akron erased a 3-1 deficit with a second-inning, two-out rally. First baseman Nellie Rodriguez hit a solo home run, second baseman Alexis Pantoja singled, catcher Logan Ice walked, and Longo grounded a game-tying double off third base. The RubberDucks scored three more in the next inning, including Pantoja's two-run single to make it 6-3.

Mound Presence

Left-hander Rob Kaminsky finished the initial victory in the bottom of the eighth, stranding the tying run at second base. In Thursday's game, left-hander Adam Scott (1-0) allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings and won his Double-A debut. Left-hander Ben Krauth pitched two scoreless innings, and right-hander Jared Robinson got the final four outs.

Duck Tales

Longo hit Akron's first leadoff home run of the season - and his first since April 5 - in the first inning off Reading right-hander Adonis Medina and led off the fourth inning with a home run against left-hander Jeff Singer, giving Akron runs in each of the first four innings. A four-run seventh-inning - without a hit but three walks a hit batter, error, wild pitch and sacrifice fly - widened the lead from 7-6 to 11-6. Tom's eighth-inning home run was his team-high 12th of the season.

Notebook

Clement was hitless in Thursday's game to snap a 14-game hitting streak, the longest by a RubberDuck this season...Akron scored its second-most runs in a game (15 in Reading May 11) and has hit four home runs twice in Reading and three times overall this season...Time of games: 2:06 (Wednesday Game 2), 3:01...Attendance: 5,011.

On the Pond

The RubberDucks open a three-game series against Erie at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Akron RHP Jake Paulson (5-4, 3.84) is scheduled to face SeaWolves RHP Matt Manning (5-4, 2.35) The game broadcast, powered by FirstEnergy, is on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeartRadio channel, and the TuneIn Radio App, and available on MiLB.TV.


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