PORTLAND, Maine — The Akron RubberDucks swept the Portland Sea Dogs 4-2 and 1-0 in a Thursday Double-A baseball doubleheader at Hadlock Field.
Akron swept the three-game series, marking the first time since Aug. 8, 2013 that the Sea Dogs were swept at Hadlock.
In the first game, right-hander Will Roberts (12-11) worked five strong innings on two runs and seven hits to earn the win. Righty Luis Diaz took the loss for the Sea Dogs, giving up all four runs over 5 ⅔ innings.
Akron jumped on the board in the first inning on Anthony Gallas’ solo-homer over the Maine Monster, his 13th of the season.
Portland tied the game in the second inning. Keury De La Cruz led off with a single and scored on Carson Blair’s triple off the center-field wall. Blair has hit safely in his first five games in Double-A.
The RubberDucks took the lead in the third inning off Diaz. Ronny Rodriguez began the frame with a single, advanced to second base on a ground-out, and scored on Justin Toole’s single to right.
De La Cruz tied it at two in the fourth, blasting a home run near the LL Bean boot in right field.
In the second game, Jaime Pedroza stepped into the box and crushed a high, off-speed 1-1 pitch from Justin Haley into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion for a solo shot, his first in the Indians system, and gave Akron the 1-0 lead in the seventh.
Portland got the leadoff man on in the bottom-half of the inning, but went quietly with a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play against Louis Head to end the game.
Head (1-1) earned the win for the ‘Ducks and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.
Haley (1-1) took the loss in the second game, but the righty allowed just the one run and six hits in 6 ⅓ innings. He did walk five and struck out three.
Righty Cody Anderson took the hill for the ‘Ducks and was outstanding in his five innings of work. He did not allow a run and gave up just two hits to Portland. He walked one and struck out four, but did not qualify for a decision.