August Fagerstrom

The lineup continued to hit for the RubberDucks, but the hits didn’t come at quite the right time.

Host Akron fell to Harrisburg 6-4 on Saturday night.

After scoring 16 runs on Thursday and 10 more on Friday, the Ducks had 10 hits Saturday, but went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and made a crucial base-running mistake in the eighth inning that killed a potential big inning.

Trailing 5-4 in the eighth, the Ducks (34-21) loaded the bases with no outs, thanks to a single by Bryson Myles and a couple of errors.

After Ronny Rodriguez struck out, Jordan Smith hit a tapper back to the pitcher.

The pitcher came home for the first out and the catcher looked to first base for a potential inning-ending double play.

He didn’t get it by throwing Smith out at first, but he did get it by throwing Myles out at third, who rounded the base too far and got caught in a pickle.

“Bryson’s aggressive and we want him to continue being aggressive,” Ducks manager Dave Wallace said. “He’d like to have that one back, though. There just wasn’t a play to be made there. I don’t know if he just put his head down assuming the catcher was trying to turn two at first or what. You’ve got to run with you’re head up. He knows that and he’ll learn from it.”

Cody Anderson, the Indians’ No. 3 prospect, according to FanGraphs prospect analyst Marc Hulet, had put a string of bounceback starts together after struggling to begin the season, but regressed a bit on Saturday.

Anderson struggled with his control, walking four batters in six innings of work and striking out one.

Anderson allowed three earned runs — first on a solo homer by Kevin Keyes in the second and later on back-to-back RBI hits from Caleb Ramsey and Cutter Dykstra in the third.

“I think sometimes he just tries to be a little too perfect instead of challenging guys,” Wallace said. “A couple balls did get hit, but you can’t let them scare you out of the zone. I thought there were too many times that he got ahead to two strikes and then let the hitter back in the count.”

That was the case on the Keyes home run, who Anderson got down 0-2 in the count before throwing consecutive balls and then having to groove him a fastball that he took opposite field for his seventh home run.

The Ducks scored in the second inning on a crafty double steal by Jordan Smith and Tony Wolters.

With two outs, Smith on first and Wolters on third, Smith took off for second and, when the catcher threw down, Wolters broke safely for home.

“I was telling Tony as soon as the catcher comes up to go. If he would have pump-faked, Tony would have been out. But I had confidence in Jordan based on the pitchers timing and with two outs that’s generally the right play to throw to second.”

The Ducks tacked on two more in the third inning on a two-run homer by Joey Wendle following a triple by Tyler Naquin.

Wendle had three hits on the day and the home run was his fifth of the season.

An RBI single by Rodriguez in the sixth inning scored Myles.

The Senators (19-35) tacked on in the eighth on a two-run homer by Matt Skole. Reliever Adam Miller retired his first four batters he faced before giving up a single and a homer to Skole, his third of the season.

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