AKRON RUBBERDUCKS WEEK 13
A bit of good news for the RubberDucks... the Eastern League All Star roster have been chosen and there are six Ducks player who will be represented in front of their home crowd next week. They are;
Clint Frazier, Bradley Zimmer, Nellie Rodriguez, Jeremy Lucas, Shawn Morimando and Perci Garner. Unfortunately or fortunately (depends on how you look at at it) Morimando and Garner were promoted to AAA Columbus and will not be on the All Star roster. However, two other Ducks have replaced them on the roster in Luis Head and JP Feyereisen. Next week will be busy a one for Frazier as he was also selected to represent the USA Team in the Sirius/XM Futures game in MLB All Star week in San Diego on July 10th. Another Indians minor leaguer Francisco Majia was also selected to represent the World Team in the Futures game too. It was also good news for two Indians who was selected to their first All Star games Francisco Lindor and Danny Salazar. There was a late addition to the AL All Star roster where Corey Kluber was add to replace and injured player.
Before the All Star festivities kick off the Ducks has business to complete this week with a four game home stand against the division leading Altoona Curve. From most of the games I've seen the Ducks handled the Curve and have a good record against them. Only 1.5 games back in the standings this is the perfect time for the Ducks to retake the division lead.
Game one: Did not attend, spent 4th of July with family. Ducks won 5-3.
Game two: Cult movie classic night Willy Wanka and the Chocolate Factory and a fan came out in costume.
I don't no for sure, but since Eric Stamets came off the DL the Ducks are 3-1.Whatever it may be the Ducks came out to play tonight. Jordan Smith set the tone for the defense with an outfield assist gunning a runner out a second. The starting pitcher DJ Brown flashed the leather starting not one but two ending inning double plays. The offence was just as good with Bradley Zimmer started the onslaught with a solo homer in the first and then following that up with a 2RBI double in the third. Not to be out done Mike Papi had even a better game with a 2RBI triple in the fourth and caped off the night in style with a grand slam in the seventh.
The Ducks minor league team set are out and I got three sets. One set is for my collection and the other two are for autographs.
Game three:I arrived early for BP and got one ball before the staff put the rain tarp on the field. It rained for hard for about 30 minutes and then stopped. They used weighted rubberducks to hold the tarp down from the winds.
The tarp was removed and the game started on time.
The defense once again flashed the leather when Mike Papi threw a canon from the deep left field corner to get a runner at second. The offence did not disappoint either scoring 6 runs in the 2 second inning. This was a team effort as eight Ducks had a RBI as they won 8-4. Julian Merryweather picked up his first career AA win after getting promoted from Lynchburg. I saw another first tonight. Leading off the game in the bottom of the first the music and PA was still playing, but the time clock hit zero and batter was giving a strike by the umpire. The home plate umpire was dramatic behind the plate call strikes, screaming loud and pointing his finger. Close, but not as bad as the umpire scene from the 1988 movie Naked Gun.
I had a good night for autographs too, I got 7 from Altoona and 16 from Akron.
Game four: Arrived early for BP and the tarp was on the field again. A few seconds after I entered the rain came. But, just like last night the clouds cleared and the game started on time.
One costly error by the pitcher scoring 2 unearned run was all Altoona need to take the lead and keep it. Ducks lost 6-2.
Akron won the series 3-1 and took the lead back in their division by .5 game. They are on the road this weekend to close of the first half of the season before the All Star game in Canal Park next week.
Week 13 Haul
Games: 0 day 3 night 0 doubleheader Home record: 2-1
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Akron's total: 34 games, 121 balls (50 give-a-way), 111 autographs, 2 bat, 9 SGA,
Games: 8 day 26 night 1 doubleheader Home record: 24-10
2016 baseball season total: 49 games, 153 balls (55 give-a-way), 196 autographs, 9 bats
Eastern League All Star Game at Canal Park.