Trenton Rally Tops RubberDucks
The Akron RubberDucks offense exploded in the early innings with two two-run homers, but that was not enough to hold off the potent Trenton Thunder offense as they defeated the Ducks, 6-5, Thursday night at Canal Park.
Despite falling behind 5-0, Trenton thundered back with three runs in the fifth inning behind back-to-back singles to start the inning from Kyle Holder and Wendell Rijo. Then, Chris Gittens would drive in Kyle Holder on an RBI groundout to short, before Rashad Crawford hit a two-run bomb to center field, putting Trenton ahead by a final score of 6-5.
Akron RubberDucks starter Tanner Tully worked two scoreless frames through the first two innings but ran into trouble in the third when the Thunder offense touched him for three runs. Brandon Wagner led off the inning with a solo homer to right, and then a rally began with back-to-back singles from Matt Lipka and Kyle Holder. Lipka would come around to score on an Akron throwing error and then Kyle Holder scored on a Chris Gittens single to center field to make the score 5-3 in favor of Akron. The fifth inning would again doom the Ducks as Kyle Holder and Wendell Rijo reached base safely on back-to-back singles, then Chris Gittens' RBI groundout scored Kyle Holder to make it 5-4 Akron, but Rashad Crawford's two-run blast over the center field fence off Tanner Tully would give the Thunder the 6-5 lead and chase Tully out of the game.
The RubberDucks offense jumped on Trenton pitching from the very first inning. After Trenton Brooks' two-run shot in the first inning, Gianpaul Gonzalez doubled home Mitch Longo who led off the bottom of the second with a single to center field to extend the lead to 3-0. Alex Call would then notch the RubberDucks' second home run of the game over the left field First Energy Power Alley to make the score 5-0.
Alex Call's two-run jack in the bottom of the second inning marked his first home run at Canal Park this season; Call has had much more success on the road, posting four of his five home runs away from Canal Park ... With two home runs tonight ... After posting a solid 3-for-4 night, Connor Marabell now has seven multi-hit games and eight RBI over his past 12 games and leads the RubberDucks in at-bats, hits (114), total bases (163), runs (51), and RBI (50) ... With his home run in the bottom of the first inning, Trenton Brooks now leads the Eastern League in extra-base hits since the All-Star break with 19 (14 doubles, one triple and four home runs)... Time of Game: 2:56... Attendance: 5,293
On the Pond
The RubberDucks now hit the road for a short, three-game trip to Erie, beginning at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App. RHP Eli Morgan (6-2, 3.42) will take the ball against LHP Joey Wentz (1-0, 2.70) in the series opener at UPMC Park.
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