Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains Akron RubberDucks 8, Altoona Curve 3 Altoona Curve 6, Akron RubberDucks 5 Neither short-term starter was able to find their best stuff on […]
Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains
Neither short-term starter was able to find their best stuff on Friday evening, giving up a combined seven runs in the double header, but the offense was enough to secure a 8-3 win in the afternoon, before falling 6-5 in the nightcap.
A starter/long-relief man, Luis Oviedo couldn’t muster up the endurance Akron was hoping for in game one. After three shutout innings, Oviedo folded in the fourth, allowing a trio of runs to cross. He would manage to finish the inning, and in turn his outing.
Game two starter Brett Daniels faced similar struggles, along with some bad luck. In his first two innings, he induced four weak ground balls down the left side, but only two resulted in outs.
He was also haunted by control issues. He walked a pair, and hit a batter. With that influx of runners, Daniels did not have space for the five base hits he gave up. Four runners crossed during his time on the mound. He finished the night with a 52% strike rate, and his team trailing 5-1.
Tena And Noel Blasts Support Offense
With Altoona having just tied the game at three, with the bases juiced and a 2/3 line in his bag, Jose Tena would change that. By no means a stand-out power hitter, Tena surprised the crowd by getting some pop on his drive to right-center field, clanking it off of the batters’ eye.
Tena’s first grand slam of the season broke the game wide open and propelled Akron to a 7-3 lead they would not give up.
Later in the night, Jhonkensy Noel continued his momentum with a futures-game worthy blast to left field, scoring Valera, who all but allowed Noel to catch up to him on the basepaths in order to be the first offering congratulations.
Notable Performances: (Two-Game Aggregate)
2B Jose Tena: 3-6, 4 RBI, 1 HR, 1 R
1B Micah Pries: 2-5, 1 R
CF Chris Roller: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
SP Brett Daniels: 3.1 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 5 H, 61 Pitches (32 Strikes, 29 Balls)