AKRON RUBBERDUCKS - 6, RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS - 1
The RubberDucks jumped on Sam Coonrod (1-3) early on by scoring three runs in the second inning en route to a 6-1 win over the Flying Squirrels. The ‘Ducks improved to 16-18 while the Flying Squirrels fell to 16-21.
Pasquale tosses five scoreless innings
Akron right hander Nick Pasquale (3-2) picked up the win as he pitched five scoreless innings. He surrendered only three hits and three walks while striking out five. Pasquale had to labor through his first couple of innings and ended up throwing 106 pitches on the day with his fastball topping out at 94 mph. Pasquale did not pitch as well as he would have liked and said he prefers outings like his previous one over today’s.
“I’m not really happy if I only go five,” the righty said. “It’s not a good start for me but I love putting up zero’s, don’t get me wrong, but I should be going more than five innings.”
He pitched seven innings last Wednesday against Trenton, giving up just one run while walking four and striking out four in a 4-2 RubberDucks win.
“Every day on the mound you aren’t going to have your best stuff and you have to find a way to get through it and that’s what he did today,” RubberDucks manager Mark Budzinski said when he was asked about Pasquale’s outing. “He didn’t have very good command of anything but when he got runners in scoring positon he made the pitches he needed to make and came out with the win.”
Hill steps in for Pasquale
Akron reliever Cameron Hill came on in relief of Pasquale in the sixth inning and pitched well. He went three innings, gave up three hits, no walks, struck out two and gave up a solo home run in the seventh, which was Richmond's only run of the game. In his last five outings, Hill has pitched 15 1/3 innings while giving up just one run.
“He’s done well for us all year,” Budzinski praised. “He’s been great out of the pen, gave us three innings there…and gave us some life which is outstanding.”
De La Cruz puts runs on the board early
In his first at bat as a RubberDuck since being promoted from Lake County, Juan De La Cruz hit through a bases clearing, earning a three run double in the second inning that put the RubberDucks ahead 3-0. Akron never looked back after that.
“I try to do it every day and enjoy this game,” De La Cruz expressed. “I tried to look for one good pitch…and he threw me a good pitch.”
Strong offense at the plate
Luigi Rodriguez added a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that scored a run while Mark Mathias hit a two-run home run to right center field in the eighth inning.
Bradley removed for sprain
First baseman Bobby Bradley was removed from the game for precautionary reasons as he sprained his right middle finger while swinging during an at bat.