Photo credit: David Monseur/Accent Images/Courtesy Akron RubberDucks

Akron once again thanked their timely hitting for a 5-2 series win, staying hot as the season reaches its final stretch. Both losses came during a Thursday doubleheader, and besides the lackluster offense on that afternoon, Akron was perfect. Jhonkensy Noel found his form, with seven hits, though they were accompanied by ten strikeouts. The bullpen also came up big, amassing a 3-1 record in the series. That was thanks especially to the arm of Mason Hickman, who, in his first series since being called up, threw 3 perfect innings and earned a pair of saves. However, they said goodbye to Brayan Rocchio, who took his talents up to Columbus. Akron is now within four games of division leaders Bowie and Erie. 

Recent Results

8/16/22: Akron 5, Erie 1; W: Williams, L: Lescher
8/17/22: Akron 10, Erie 4; W: Broom, L: Gipson-Long, S: Hickman
8/18/22: Erie 4, Akron 1; W: Olson, L: Burns, S: Chentouf 
8/18/22: Erie 1, Akron 0; W: White, L: Marman, 
8/19/22: Akron 2, Erie 1; W: Bibee, L: Kuzia, S: Smith
8/20/22: Akron 9, Erie 8; W: Vargas, L: Alvarado, S: Hickman  
8/21/22: Akron 6, Erie 4; W: Marman, L: Gardea, S: Broom 

Player of the Week

Micah Pries: 7-23, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB

Becoming one of the most consistent bats in Akron’s lineup, Pries has always been at the top of statistical categories when Akron was wanting. Three extra-base hits helped him pick up six RBI. He also showed off some speed. His two stolen bases were one quarter of Akron’s 8-9 performance in base swiping in the series.

Who’s Hot

Raynel Delgago: 6-14, 6 RBI, 7 BB

With Rocchio called up, Akron was needing a new threat from the infield. That came via the third-baseman Delgago, who put together his best week since coming to Akron. His hits were timely, as he picked up six RBI on six hits. More impressively was his pitch selection and patience, which fueled his seven walks. He finished the series with a .591 OBP and an OPS of 1.16

Tanner Bibee: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 SO, 4 H, 2 BB

Bibee continues to feast on Double-A hitting, continuing his string of dominant starts. He induced weak contact, Erie hitters struggled to a .235 BABIP to accompany six punchouts. He has proven to be a workhorse, going above 90 pitches for Akron once again. Four of his last five outings have been “quality starts”. He is second for Akron in that category, and the only Akron pitcher above him was Logan Allen, who did it with an ERA double Bibee’s.

Eli Lingos: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO, 3 H

The two most recent series for Akron have been seven games in six days. That requires significant efficiency from your pitching, which Rouglas Odor has gotten from utility pitcher Lingos. He has caught fire of late, having slipped down the ladder from starting at Triple-A. He averaged twelve pitches per inning, the best number among starters. That approach has helped Lingos adapt and go out for the lengthy outings he’s being asked to deliver.

Who’s Not

Tanner Burns: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 SO

Burns simply couldn’t get the outs in proper situations when taking the loss on Wednesday. Two of the four hits he conceded were home runs, which left his seven strikeouts meaningless in the end. 

Transactions

08/21/22 RHP Luis Oviedo assigned to Akron RubberDucks.
08/20/22 SS Brayan Rocchio assigned to Columbus Clippers from Akron RubberDucks.
08/20/22 SS Angel Martinez assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lake County Captains. 
08/15/22 Akron RubberDucks transferred RHP Jerson Ramirez to the Development List. 
08/15/22 RHP Mason Hickman assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lake County Captains. 

On ‘Duck

8/23: Richmond, 6:35 pm             

8/24: Richmond, 6:35 pm          

8/25: Richmond, 6:35 pm              

8/26: Richmond, 7:05 pm            

8/27: Richmond, 7:05 pm             

8/28: Richmond, 2:05 pm 

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