Akron RubberDucks 6, Trenton Thunder 3
Box Score - RubberDucks lead series, 1-0 (Best of 5)
The Akron RubberDucks started Game 1 of the Eastern League finals in trouble, with Michael Peoples allowing two quick runs to score in the top of the first. Luckily, Peoples evened out into a solid outing and the RubberDucks offense responded heartily.
The Indians only scored in two innings, the third and the fifth, but they scored two runs and four runs in those frames, respectively. More than enough to sink the Trenton Thunder, who were absolutely shut down by Peoples after his rough first inning.
The rehabbing Yan Gomes, third baseman Ivan Castillo, and designated hitter Eric Haase led the way with two hits, while leadoff batter Greg Allen was 1-for-3 with a walk. Haase had, undoubtedly, the biggest hit of the game — a grand slam in the fifth that ultimately gave the RubberDucks a lead they would never return.
For what it’s worth, Yan was able to catch the entire game for the first time since he began his rehab assignment on September 2.
Peoples finished the game with seven innings pitched, three runs, and eight strikeouts. David Speed and Cole Sulser closed out the game with just one hit allowed over the final two frames.
The ‘Ducks play again tonight, at 6:35 p.m. ET. With an off-day on Thursday, tonight’s game will likely be the last rehab start for Yan Gomes, who is expected to return to the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7
Box Score - Hillcats trail series, 1-2 (Best of 5)
For the second time this postseason, the powerful Lynchburg Hillcats offense was held scoreless. The last time it happened was the very first game against the Potomac Nationals. They bounced back to win that three-game series, but they are now facing elimination with this loss.
The Hillcats had five hits as a team, but its stars were blanked. Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley combined to go 0-for-7; the latter also struck out three times.
Luis Lugo turned in a solid five innings of work before a sixth-inning collapse. He finished the game with 5.2 innings pitched, seven hits, four runs, and six strikeouts.
The Hillcats will fight to stay alive tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. Should they win, the fifth and final game of the series will take place on Thursday.