BOWIE BAYSOX – 7, AKRON RUBBERDUCKS – 2
The RubberDucks pitched poorly and had some defensive mishaps on Saturday in their loss to Bowie. Akron’s pitching staff came into the game only allowing two runs in their last 28 2/3 innings and were on a 22 1/3 scoreless innings pitched streak. That came to an end quickly as starting pitcher Nick Pasquale gave up a two-run home run in the first inning. Pasquale struggled all night and didn’t get any help from his defense. The ‘Ducks committed three errors which extended multiple innings. Akron’s offense wasn’t stellar either as they went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. The ‘Ducks’ five game winning streak was snapped.
Perci Garner strong in relief
Perci Garner came on in relief and pitched well in his season debut for the ‘Ducks. He struck out a batter and surrendered only one hit in two scoreless innings of work.
“It felt good to be in a real game,” Garner said. “I was glad to be able to throw strikes and compete.”
Garner was drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was released by the team in 2014 and picked up by the Indians who converted him from a starting pitcher to a relief pitcher. In 2016, Garner was named an All-Star with the ‘Ducks and was promoted to Triple-A Columbus shortly after. The Indians called him up after a brief stint with the Clippers but he was sent back to Columbus after pitching in eight games with the Indians. Garner was pitching in extended spring training to work out some mechanical issues before being called up to Akron. Garner owns a career 29-25 mark with a 4.03 ERA while pitching in the minor and major leagues.
“He threw the ball really well and was efficient with his pitches,” RubberDucks manager Mark Budzinski said. “He had a good sinker working as well as his breaking ball and I’m just happy for him for getting a good first one under his belt.”
Garner: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 28 pitches (18 strikes).
Perci Garner 6th inning: 91, 92, 91, 92, 92, 92, 91, 92, 92, 92, 93, 83
Mejia’s Hot Streak Continues
Francisco Mejia continues to hit the ball well after returning from the disabled list on May 19th. Since his return, he has a .500 batting average with 12 hits in 24 at bats to go along with two homers and five RBI’s. He went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the ‘Ducks’ win on Friday and went 4 for 4 with a double and a walk on Saturday. This was his third career four-hit game.
“I play hard, go through my routines and talk with the hitting coach,” Mejia explained. “I was ready for this pitcher and the game.”
Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Indians in 2012, Mejia has put together five productive seasons. He owns a career batting average of .294. This season, his first with Akron, he is batting a blistering .314 with three homers and 13 RBI’s to go along with five walks. Mejia also has ten extra base hits.
“He’s been outstanding,” Budzinski said. “While he was rehabbing he worked hard in the cage and kept his swing where it needed to be and came back ready to go. I love when he uses the whole field and when he uses the whole field he is really tough to get out and that’s what he did today.”