PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs tied a season-high with five errors and the Akron RubberDucks took game one of their series 8-2 Friday night in an Eastern League baseball contest at Hadlock Field.
Just three of Akron’s eight runs were earned. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Eric Haase drove in Nellie Rodriguez with a double off of Kevin McAvoy. Later in the inning Haase scored on an error by second baseman Yoan Moncada to put Akron ahead 2-0.
McAvoy (L, 7-7) allowed six runs (two earned) on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out two.
The RubberDucks blew the game open with a five-run sixth inning. Eric Haase hit a long homer over the Dunkin’ Donuts video board to make it 3-0, then two more runs scored on Moncada’s second error. Jordan Smith followed with an RBI single and Nellie Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0.
Akron starter Rob Kaminsky (W, 6-7) went five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and two walks. He struck out five.
The Sea Dogs scored both of their runs in the sixth inning off of Robbie Aviles. Cody Decker hit a bases-loaded grounder to third that was misplayed by Joe Sever. Jake Romanski then hit into a 5-4-3 double play, but Nate Freiman scored to make it a 7-2 game.
Akron added a run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Luigi Rodriguez.