Quack Attack: Akron Rubber Ducks Roll Past Curve

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron RubberDucks scored seven runs in the first three innings and handed the Altoona Curve their third straight loss, 10-3, on Saturday afternoon at Canal Park.

The Curve (9-13) were held to four hits in the game. Akron (14-8) hit 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Akron stormed ahead in the first inning against Altoona starter Clay Holmes (Loss, 1-3). After quickly retiring the first two batters, Akron plated four runs on four hits and a walk, with the biggest blow coming on a two-run triple by Jordan Smith. Nellie Rodriguez added a run with an RBI single in the third to put Akron ahead, 5-0.

Altoona plated its first two runs in the third inning on a run-scoring groundout by Erich Weiss and a sacrifice fly by Jose Osuna to cut the gap to 5-2. The RubbberDucks answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Weiss scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth, but Smith and Eric Haase hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the inning against Montana DuRapau. Jonathan Schwind came in to get the final out of the eighth inning, becoming the first Curve position player to pitch in a game this year.

Chris Diaz accounted for two of Altoona’s four hits.

Holmes finished his day with 2.2 innings pitched, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks.

Brett McKinney pitched 2.1 scoreless innings for the Curve with a pair of strikeouts. Jhondaniel Medina allowed one walk in two scoreless innings and struck out three.

The Curve look to avoid the sweep against the RubberDucks on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. Right-hander Tyler Eppler (1-2, 3.33) will be on the mound for Altoona, opposoed by Akron lefty Rob Kaminsky (1-2, 5.40). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.

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