RubberDucks slip past Bowie 3-1
BY DAVID WILSON
Akron’s Julian Merryweather fanned a season-high, eight batters and combined with two relievers on a five-hitter Friday night, as the RubberDucks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Bowie Baysox at Canal Park.
Trailing 1-0, the RubberDucks rallied for a pair of runs in the fourth inning to take the lead against David Hess (4-10). Jeremy Lucas led off with a double to center. Jordan Smith drove in Lucas with a single to right to tie the game, 1-1. After Smith stole second, Joe Sever stroked a single to left to drive in Smith and give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
Merryweather enjoyed his best outing at Double-A. He twirled six innings and scattered three hits and a run. He struck out a season-high, eight hitters and walked only one. He fanned the side in the second inning. He gave up a hit and walk to start the Bowie fifth inning, but got the next three hitters to protect the lead. Louis Head came in after Merryweather. He retired the side in order in the seventh, but got into a jam in the eighth inning. Cole Sulser came to the rescue, however, and retired Chance Sisco on a groundout on his first pitch to strand two runners. Sulser then worked the ninth to earn his fourth save.
Greg Allen belted his first Double-A homer in the fifth inning to extend the Akron lead to 3-1. Allen also added an infield single and finished with two of Akron’s five hits. Smith and Sever each picked up his 25th RBI.
The RubberDucks (55-52) got back in the win column for the first time since July 21st…Akron gained a game on Altoona, who lost at Trenton, 3-1, and now trail the Curve by four games…Todd Hankins, the league’s top defensive second baseman, robbed Bowie’s Joey Terdoslavich of a base hit with a sensational play and throw from behind second base in the fourth inning…Time of game: 2:23… Attendance: 7,938.
The RubberDucks will continue the homestand on Saturday night at 7:05 with game three against the Bowie Baysox. RHP Michael Peoples is scheduled to start for Akron, and RHP Matt Grimes is the announced starter for the Baysox. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App
POSTED 07/29/2016 23:05