RubberDucks complete sweep of B-Mets with 3-2 extra innings win
BY DAVID WILSON
Akron’s Nellie Rodriguez delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday night, lifting the RubberDucks to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep over the Binghamton Mets at Canal Park.
After the Ducks tied the game, 2-2, on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, they rallied again in the 10th against Mets reliever Mike Hepple (1-1). Joe Sever led off with a double to right. Bradley Zimmer was intentionally walked. With Rodriguez at the plate, Hepple uncorked a wild pitch to move Sever to third base. Rodriguez drove the next pitch to left field, plenty deep enough for Sever to score the winning run. It was Rodriguez’s ninth RBI of the season.
Antonio Romero (2-0) earned the win in relief for the RubberDucks by twirling two scoreless innings and allowing only one walk. Starter Michael Peoples was terrific in his second home start. He worked 6.1 innings and allowed just two runs on three hits. Peoples, who retired 14 consecutive B-Mets at one point, walked two and struck out a season-high, eight batters. He left with a 1-0 lead and two men on in the sixth, but both runners scored against Akron right-hander Louis Head.
Sever had just entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the 10th. Todd Hankins drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth off Binghamton’s Akeel Morris to tie the game, 2-2. Morris gave up hits to Yandy Diaz and Bryson Myles, and issued walks to Alex Monsalve and Hankins. Michael Brantley, making his final rehab appearance with the Ducks, lashed a run-scoring double in the sixth to give Akron a 1-0 lead.
It was the first extra-inning game and first walk-off win for the RubberDucks (10-3)…B-Mets starter Robert Gsellman matched Peoples early, setting down 16 consecutive Akron hitters at one point….He left after throwing 101 pitches…Clint Frazier was 0-4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak…The Ducks swept the three-game series from the Mets (5-6) and fwon five of the seven games on the homestand…Time of game: 2:45…Attendance: 2,272.
The RubberDucks will begin a seven-game road trip with the first of four against Trenton Thursday night at 7. LHP Rob Kaminsky is the announced starter for Akron, and RHP Ronald Herrera is expected to get the ball for the Thunder. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
POSTED 04/21/2016 00:30