Akron RubberDucks Beat the Sea Dogs 5-3

Akron, Ohio – The Akron RubberDucks (31-31) received back-to-back homers with two outs in the eighth inning, and defeated the Portland Sea Dogs (29-33), 5-3, Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 7,815 fans at Canal Park.
Eric Haase snapped a 3-3 tie with a solo-homer off losing pitcher Taylor Grover (1-2). Following Haase’s big fly, Tyler Krieger hit an inside-the-park to left-center field.  Grover allowed just those runs on three hits over 3.1 innings pitched.
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Mitch Brown (1-1) allowed the tying run in the eighth inning on a run-scoring single to Mike Olt, but earned the win for Akron.
Portland took an early 2-0 lead against Akron starter Thomas Pannone. In the first, Jeremy Barfield nailed a two-out RBI double. In the second, Deiner Lopez knocked in a run by reaching on a third baseman’s error.
Akron chipped away in the fourth on a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Tyler Krieger. In the fifth, Jacob Dahlstrand yielded a two-run homer to Luigi Rodriguez, giving the RubberDucks a 3-2 lead.
Jake Romanski finished 3-for-4, his first multi-hit game of the season. Rafael Devers went 1-for-4 with a double.

The Road Ahead

The Sea Dogs and Akron RubberDucks (Indians affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Canal Park with a 7:05 PM first pitch. RHP Kevin McAvoy (1-4, 5.54) makes his 11th start of the season.  LHP Tanner Tully makes his Double-A debut for Akron.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:50 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 7:00 PM.
Tickets for Portland’s next homestand on June 23-29 are available at seadogs.com or 207-879-9500.

Previewing Futures At Fenway

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Today, Sunday July 13th, the Lowell Spinners will be playing at Fenway Park against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The event, which starts at 3:30 PM, also features the freedom to bring your dog to the park as well as a movie, Field of Dreams, after the game.Let’s take a look at the game itself and who to watch.
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Scheduled to take the hill for the Spinners is Kevin McAvoy, a Bryant College alum. Of course it would be nice to see Karsten Whitson pitch, but fans will miss him by one day as he should be taking the hill on Monday. McAvoy, 20, will be making his second career pro start after being selected in the fourth round of this year’s MLB draft. In his junior year for Bryant, McAvoy dominated in 15 starts for the Bulldogs, totaling 99 2/3 innings in which he posted an impressive 2.62 ERA, punched-out 94 men and issued just 28 free passes.

At the plate and in the field, the Spinners have a plethora of talent to watch. Some names to look for include: Danny Mars, Nick Longhi, Jordan Betts, Sam Travis, Nick Moore, and Bryan Hudson. Mars is an athletic outfielder, Longhi has a great bat, Betts shows some serious power as does Travis, whereas Moore and Hudson look to be finding their grooves at the plate.
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There will be some familiar faces in for the Lowell Spinners at the event. On rehab are pitchers Simon Mercedes and Austin Maddox, both of whom have experience for the club. Both are players Boston has hopes for, so it would be nice to see them play on Sunday.

The other former Spinner that comes to mind is now a coach— Iggy Suarez, a long time Red Sox farmhand and fan favorite. He spend the 2003 season in Lowell and hit .222 while boasting a .326 OBP swiping 12 bags on 16 attempts. Although he never made it to the big leagues, Suarez is a likable guy who loves the game, which puts him in good position to be a successful Major League coach someday.
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Futures at Fenway is always a good take and will be this year, despite a hike in ticket prices. Every year except for this one, tickets started at just $5, but now due to the movie and many seating sections being unavailable, they now start at $15. Nevertheless, it will be a fun time for all in attendance and a day to remember. Good baseball and a movie definitely gives people something to do on their Sunday as the Lowell Spinners hopefully come out on top.