AKRON RUBBERDUCKS WEEK 15 & 16
Akron is on the road all week and no home games for week 15.
Games: 0 day 0 night 0 doubleheader Home record: 0-0
Akron's total: 38 games, 133 balls (56 give-a-way), 131 autographs, 2 bat, 9 SGA,
Games: 9 day 29 night 1 doubleheader Home record: 25-13
2016 baseball season total: 55 games, 165 balls (61 give-a-way), 216 autographs, 9 bats
Akron is 54-48 and in third place 2 game back. Depending on how you look at, bad new for the Ducks. Zimmer and Frazier, the Tribe number one and two prospects got the call up to AAA. Lots of teams are trying to trade for them, maybe the Tribe is trying to fast track them and get them on the 40 man roster to protect them. Whatever the case most of the Ducks who started the season in Akron is now in Columbus. Good for them and their career, but bad for Akron fans who were looking for a Championship in 2016. Most of the roster is now new players from Advance A Lynchburg. I hope the team can start to click with this new group we are still in the playoff race.
Game 1: I arrived early for BP and for the first time EVER a player asked me if I wanted a ball. I said sure and Tyler Mizenko from Richmond threw it to me in the stands. The ball was beat up, but it was a 2016 AZ logo spring training ball. I would get two more balls in BP.
With the big name players gone there was very few autograph seekers. I got three autographs and I'm still working on the 2016 Akron team set. I got a game used foul ball toss up by Akron catcher Eric Hasse. Another major league player, Zach McAllister was on rehab with Akron tonight. He threw one inning and his fastball was 93-94 and no one could hit. His off speed that was left over the plate got hit. That would be the only hit in his inning of work while recording one strikeout.
The team my have new players and at times it looks like it, but they played a good game only to lose in extra innings 2-1. I gave away two BP balls to kids before I left the stadium.
Game 2: I arrived early once again for BP and got 5 balls. I would gave them all away to the kids sitting in my row before I left the game. The Ducks would lose 4-10.
Game 3: A afternoon start time and I could not make it to the game, I had RV maintenance appointment. (Blog post to follow soon)
Game 4: Another day of RV maintenance, by the time I got back to the campground and hooked everything up the game was had already started. (Blog post to follow soon)
Game 5: I was running behind schedule with my long list of to do and arrive at first pitch. The Ducks pulled it out and stopped the losing streak at 7 game and won 3-1.
Game 6: Saturday give-a-way and firework show. Hiromi came to the game with me so I could get two bobbleheads of Ducks manager David Wallace. The Ducks lost another close game 2-3.
Game 7: The last game of the current home stand and the Ducks once again lost a close game 0-1.
Week 16 Haul
Week's total: 5 games, 9 balls (7 give-a-way), 3 autographs
Games: 0 day 5 night 0 doubleheader Home record: 1-5
Akron's total: 43 games, 142 balls (63 give-a-way), 134 autographs, 2 bat, 9 SGA,
Games: 9 day 34 night 1 doubleheader Home record: 26-18
2016 baseball season total: 60 games, 174 balls (68 give-a-way), 219 autographs, 9 bats