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Wentz Helps Erie Hold off RubberDucks

August 16, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Akron RubberDucks News Release

Erie SeaWolves left-hander Joey Wentz (2-0) pitched five scoreless innings, as shortstop Isaac Paredes hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and right fielder Jose Azocar hit a solo home run in the third inning, helping the first-place club to a 5-1 win over the Akron RubberDucks at UPMC Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Friday night.

Turning Point

After Wentz pitched a scoreless first inning, center fielder Derek Hill led off the bottom of the inning with a single off RubberDucks right-hander Eli Morgan (6-3). Paredes then hit a two-run home run to left field for a 2-0 Erie lead. After that, Akron put the tying runs on base in the third inning against Wentz, who threw 21 pitches while allowing consecutive singles from second baseman Alexis Pantoja and left fielder Oscar Gonzalez. Wentz struck out catcher Logan Ice, and then when Pantoja broke for third base, Wentz threw him out, before striking out center fielder Alex Call to end the inning. Akron never had the tying run on base after that point.

Mound Presence

Morgan allowed a hit in each of the first five innings, but only yielded three runs on the two homers in the first three innings. He struck out seven batters, walking one and allowing six hits in six innings. Left-hander Anthony Gose allowed a double, two hit batters and a walk for a run while recording two outs in the seventh inning. Right-hander Argenis Angulo allowed a walk and two hits for another Erie run in the eighth inning. For the SeaWolves, right-hander Wladimir Pinto followed Wentz with two scoreless innings, and left-hander Jose Fernandez allowed a run in the final two innings.

Duck Tales

The RubberDucks run came when right fielder Trenton Brooks hit a leadoff home run to right field in the ninth inning off Fernandez, giving him four home runs in his last six games. Pantoja had two hits, while six RubberDucks had one each.

Notebook

Morgan was the first Akron starter in eight games to pitch six innings...Gose and Angulo had scoreless streaks of 6 outings (5.1 innings) and 8 outings (13 innings) snapped by allowing runs...The RubberDucks have lost eight straight games to the SeaWolves (the most against any opponent this season) and trail the season series, 11-2...Akron is 1-8 in road series openers since June 18...Time of game: 2:50...Attendance: 5,182.

On the Pond

The RubberDucks continue their series in Erie at 7:05 p.m. EDT Saturday. Akron RHP Kyle Dowdy (0-0, 2.35) is scheduled to face SeaWolves RHP Casey Mize (6-3, 3.22). 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. Tickets for RubberDucks home games are available at akronrubberducks.com/tickets.


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