Akron RubberDucks 1, Altoona Curve 0
Box Score - RubberDucks win series, 3-1 (Best of 5)
The Akron RubberDucks were locked in a pitchers duel with the Altoona Curve, but the good guys were able to knock in a run in the bottom of the 10th. The win gave Akron the series and pushed them into the Eastern League Title Round. They will play the Trenton Thunder starting Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. ET.
Although he did not register a hit, Greg Allen did his job in wearing down the opposing pitchers, especially in a lengthy at-bat in the sixth inning.
Mike Papi and Eric Haase were the only ‘Ducks to have hits on the night. The pair accounted for the only run in the game in the bottom of the 10th when Papi doubled — his second hit of the night — and Haase got him home with a walk-off single.
Starting pitcher Nick Pasquale carried a no-hitter through four innings, but it was broken up by a lead-off single of the fifth. That would be the only Altoona hit of the night, but Pasquale would end up allowing three more baserunners via walks before being pulled after eight innings. His incredible line on the night was seven strikeouts, one hit, and three walks in eight innings of work.
Reliever Louis Head closed out the game (and was given the win) by striking out three of the six batters he faced.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 8
Box Score - Hillcats tied in series, 1-1 (Best of 5)
After an hour-long delay prevented the game from starting on time, the Lynchburg Hillcats looked to be cruising through the first few innings — they were up, 3-1, by the middle of the fifth. However, starting pitcher Brock Hartson and reliever Leandro Linares would combine for a mini collapse in the fifth, allowing five runs to cross the plate.
Tyler Krieger, Anthony Santander, Yu-Cheng Chang, Connor Marabell, and Yonathan Mendoza all finished the day with two hits as the high-powered Hillcats offense did what it has done all year long — hit. They were tied with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in hits with 13, but their opponents went 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position, as opposed to the Hillcats’ 3-for-11 mark.
The Hillcats also struck out 10 times as a team and drew only one walk, while the Pelicans struck out five times and drew five walks.
With the best-of-five series now tied at one, all three remaining games will be home games for the Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field. Game 3 begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET with Luis Lugo taking the mound for Lynchburg.