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Allen and Rodriguez in Akron, Two Head to the Capital, And More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

Allen and Rodriguez in Akron, Two Head to the Capital, And More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

| On 29, Jul 2016

It’s been a rough week to be a ‘Ducks fan.

Akron saw two of its star players promoted to Triple-A while the RubberDucks have dropped seven straight games. After winning their series opener last Thursday, 7-1, in Altoona against the Curve, Akron was tied for first place. Since then, the club has lost seven straight, including three to the Curve, three more at home against the visiting Richmond Flying Squirrels, and the first game against Bowie.

The RubberDucks will continue their seven-game homestand to close out the month with three more games against the Baysox. The ‘Ducks will take Monday off before hitting the road for New Hampshire and Portland.

In other RubberDucks news and notes…


On Monday, the Indians formally announced the promotions of outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer to Triple-A Columbus.

Frazier appeared in 89 games for the ‘Ducks, hitting .276 with a .356 on-base percentage and .469 slugging percentage before relocating. He had 25 doubles, a triple, 13 homers, and 48 RBI.

Zimmer hit .253 with a .371 OBP and .471 slugging in 93 games for Akron. He doubled 20 times, tripled six, and homered 14 while driving in 53. He was also one of the leading walkers in the league with 56.


Outfielders Greg Allen and Luigi Rodriguez were promoted to Akron to fill the roster vacancies created by the promotions of Frazier and Zimmer.

Allen was having a career year with Lynchburg. He appeared in 92 games with the Hillcats, hitting .298 with a .424 OBP. He had 16 doubles, four triples, four homers, and 31 RBI while stealing 38 bases in 45 attempts. He has four singles in his first four games with Akron.

Rodriguez joined the ‘Ducks for the second time this season. He appeared in 14 games with Akron before being assigned to Lynchburg. In 24 games for the Hillcats, he hit .330 with a .362 OBP, hitting five doubles, a triple, three homers, and 26 RBI. He missed the first 80 games of the season after being suspended for a positive PED test.


Indians reliever Zach McAllister made his third rehab assignment while working his way back from right hip discomfort. He pitched one scoreless inning of relief on Monday, allowing a hit and striking out a batter.


Right-hander Michael Peoples was deserving of a win on Monday, but came up short as the ‘Ducks managed just one run on five hits in a ten-inning loss to Richmond.

Peoples started and went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits. He issued no free passes and struck out five before handing the game over to the bullpen.


Right-hander Julian Merryweather allowed just one earned run in his start on Sunday at Altoona, but took the loss, his third of the season with the RubberDucks.

Merryweather worked five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.


Catcher Daniel Salters has hit in four straight games and reached in six straight. The good week at the dish has jumped his batting average at Akron from .213 to .243.


Reliever Craig Stammen, still rounding himself back into his old form that made him a successful Major League bullpen option in Washington, has put together a high quality month of July. He joined the RubberDucks at the beginning of the month after three outings with the Arizona League Indians. In eight appearances for Akron, he has worked in ten innings, giving up just one unearned run on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Stammen had pitched with the Nationals from 2009 to 2015.


The weekend is full of fun for fans coming out to Canal Park. Friday night is OSU Night. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a bobblehead of manager David Wallace and all fans can enjoy the postgame fireworks. Sunday, the ‘Ducks will celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday.


Reliever Cortland Cox was re-assigned to Lake County by Akron on Monday.

Akron received a pair of starters from Columbus the same day and Nick Pasquale and Will Roberts were assigned to the club.

Photo: Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal