Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

Akron’s pitching caught fire in Harrisburg, as the ‘Ducks took five of six from the Senators. The staff gave up one run per game throughout the final four games of the series, all of which were Akron wins. Returning home with the winning streak in hand, Akron sits just two games out of the division’s second-half playoff spot. They get the chance to make that up this week against the Bowie Baysox, who are tied with Erie for the division lead. 

Results

9/06/22: Akron 12, Harrisburg 4; W: Bibee, L: Cate
9/07/22: Harrisburg 6, Akron 5; W: Bryzkcy, L: Hickman
9/08/22: Akron 3, Harrisburg 2; W: Broom, L: Alston, S: Daniels 
9/09/22: Akron 5, Harrisburg 0; W: Ramirez, L: Romero, S: Lingos
9/10/22: Akron 2, Harrisburg 1; W: Hickman, L: Brzykcy
9/11/22: Akron 4, Harrisburg 1; W: Bibee, L: Cate, S: Smith 

Player of the Week

Angel Martinez: 6-18, 4 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K

Martinez found himself on the good side of Akron faithful, as his best week to date came in a crucial stretch. He paced Akron’s offense throughout the first two games of the series, before breaking out on Sunday. He either scored or batted in three of Akron’s four runs in the victory. He put the ball in play 17 of 18 at-bats, while also walking on three occasions.

Who’s Hot

Tanner Burns: 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 8 SO, 4 BB, 5 H

Another positive thing Guardians fans can take away from the road trip is Burns finding his early season form. Saturday night’s duel was tied for Burns’ longest outing in nearly two months. It also saw him strike out eight batters, a season high for the Auburn product. 

Tanner Bibee: 12.0 IP, 4 ER, 15 SO, 3 BB, 9 H, 2 W

In what was Bibee’s worst start since June 14, his Tuesday outing was still outstanding. Three runs in six innings is still a quality start. An optimist may also look at the box score and understand that after being shocked for three runs in the fourth inning, Bibee maintained his composure and delivered Akron another two solid innings of baseball. Not to mention he came back against the same lineup on Sunday, giving up one run off three hits in six innings. 

Who’s Not

Bryan Lavastida: 1-23, 8 K

Lava went ice cold last week, as the catcher managed just a single hit over the six game series. To be fair, that one hit was a RBI triple, and the first RBI by an Akron RubberDuck NOT during the reign of Queen Elisabeth II. Monarchies aside, Lavastida’s disappointing week is likely a blip on the radar of the 23-year-old who earned big league at-bats this April. The previous weeks had shown an upturn in Lavastida’s performance at the dish, perhaps a beacon of things to come.

Thomas Ponticelli: 2.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB, 5 H

After popping on the scene as a reliable starter in the later months of summer, Ponticelli showed some serious weakness in his most recent outing. He allowed nearly one baserunner per out recorded, and was sent to the showers before making it out of the third inning. While he was saved from Wednesday’s losing decision, Ponticelli’s struggle to outlast the batters’ put early pressure on Akron’s bullpen in their only loss of the week.

Transactions

09/03/22 RHP Carlos Vargas assigned to Columbus Clippers from Akron RubberDucks.

Coming Up

9/13: Bowie, 11:05 pm             
9/14: Bowie, 6:35 pm          
9/15: Bowie, 6:35 pm              
9/16: Bowie, 7:05 pm            
9/17: Bowie, 7:05 pm             
9/18: Bowie, 6:05 pm 

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