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It was a tale of two starts for the Akron RubberDucks, as they split a Friday doubleheader against Richmond, 6-2 and 4-6. In the opener, Logan Allen tied Akron’s longest start of the season, going 6.2 innings, only allowing one run through his relief. Luis Oviedo struggled in the second game, and Akron’s offense couldn’t muster up a late comeback. Akron has now lost three of its last four contests.

Logan Allen Dominant in Opener

Coming one out short of a complete game, Logan Allen set the tone for the night for  the RubberDucks. 

The lefty methodically worked through the Richmond lineup, picking them apart with his pitch variation. His fastball rarely went over 91 mph, but he compensated for it with the location and movement, constantly keeping hitters off-balance.

Despite throwing 40 balls all evening, Allen only walked one batter. He threw an average of 2.2 balls to every hitter he faced, but was able to get the strikes and outs, no matter how deep in the count he went. 

Six runs from the offense turned out to be plenty. Nic Enright earned his ninth save of the season, needing just one out after inheriting a bases loaded situation from Jared Janczak.

George Valera gave Akron their early boost in the third inning, launching a three-run blast to right-center. It was his eighth homer of the campaign, and one of three hits on the day.

Offense’s Performance Not Enough To Capture Sweep

Akron didn’t have the same edge in the nightcap. Luis Oviedo struggled early. His first three batters: walk, single, home run. Before an out had been recorded, Akron was down 3-0.

The rest of the offense was relatively spread throughout the lineup. Valera, Micah Pries, and Jose Tena each had an RBI over the next two innings to tie the game at three, and Jonathan Engellman hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth. 

Another walk-homer combo from Oviedo in the third inning gave Richmond a 5-3 lead,. Re-claimed on waivers from the Pirates after losing him in the 2020 Rule 5 draft to the Mets, Oviedo had been great, with a 2.38 ERA over the course of May before Friday’s disastrous outing.

Akron’s last chance came in the bottom of the seventh, with two runners on for George Valera. However, the star prospect was caught looking at three strikes to end the game.

Notes

Jose Tena has reached base safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

Will Brennan still leads the Eastern League in RBI, 10 days after being called up to Columbus.

Notable Performances (Two-game aggregate)

P Logan Allen: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB, 98 Pitches (58 strikes, 40 balls)

FB: 91-92

SL: 87

CU: 84-85 

CH: 82-84

P Jerson Ramirez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 35 Pitches (22 strikes, 13 balls)

RF George Valera: 3-6, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 2 R

2B Jose Tena: 3-6, 2 RBI

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