Shortstop Francisco Lindor wasn’t in the starting lineup for the RubberDucks’ regularly scheduled game against Harrisburg on Tuesday, but you could barely tell with the way replacement Ronny Rodriguez was playing.
Rodriguez opened the game with a Lindor-esque play deep in the hole at shortstop, making a nice throw to retire leadoff man Michael Taylor.
Later, in the fourth inning, former Indians prospect Quincy Latimore hit a line drive up the middle on which Rodriguez made a nice diving catch.
At the plate, Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a single, double, stolen base and two runs. Rodriguez scored in the sixth inning when he stole third base and the Senators (11-25) catcher threw the ball into left field.
Duke von Schamann got the start for Akron and cruised along until running into trouble in the fifth inning. Through the first four innings, von Schamann allowed just two base runners on singles and didn’t allow a run. In the fifth inning, von Schamann gave up five runs on six hits and a walk before being removed from the game.
The Ducks (25-13) scored first on a sacrifice fly that plated Rodriguez in the third inning. In the fourth, a two-run double by Joey Wendle gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead. After von Schamann’s rough fifth inning, the Ducks responded well by adding on three more of their own to retake a 6-5 lead.
After Justin Toole, Tyler Naquin and Tyler Holt loaded the bases to lead off the inning, the Senators brought in left-hander Matt Grace to face Tony Wolters. Wolters countered with an opposite field single that scored two. Holt later scored on a fielders choice by Wendle.
Rain nearly spoiled a second consecutive night of baseball at Canal Park when a one-hour, one-minute rain delay occurred before the bottom of the sixth inning.
Following the delay, the Ducks allowed a run in the top of the seventh that brought the score to 7-6, but Shawn Armstrong was able to close things out in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
The RubberDucks wasted no time breaking the 3-3 tie that was left in the seventh inning of Monday’s game against Harrisburg that was suspended by rain.
Alex Lavisky began the resumed game with a single to center field. Four batters later, a two-run single by Bryan LaHair brought in Lavisky and Tony Wolters. Two batters after that, Ronny Rodriguez hit a grand slam over the left field fence to give the Ducks a 9-3 lead. The Ducks received their seventh run of the inning thanks to an error and led 10-3.
Enosil Tejeda and Kyle Crockett combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief for the Ducks. Tejeda picked up the win, improving to 2-0.
Joe Wendle led the Ducks at the plate with two doubles and a single. He drove in a run and scored. Tony Wolters reached base three times on a single and two walks, scoring twice. Francisco Lindor had two singles, an RBI and a run scored.