Haase on a Home Run Tear, Quality Kaminsky, and More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales
Bob Toth | On 05, Aug 2016
Despite a late comeback attempt in New Hampshire on Thursday night, the Akron RubberDucks lost for the 12th time in their last 13 games in a 7-5 defeat against the Fisher Cats.
It marked a second consecutive ugly week for the ‘Ducks, who lost three of four to close out their last homestand against the Bowie Baysox. After taking Monday off, they arrived in New Hampshire, only to lose 6-4 on Tuesday and 9-6 on Wednesday before taking another L on Thursday night.
The tailspin by the RubberDucks has dropped the club below the .500 mark for the first times this season. At 55-57, they trail Altoona by six and a half games and are also chasing Harrisburg. They have fallen to 26-32 on the road this season. They are now 1-9 since the promotions of Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier to Triple-A Columbus.
In other ‘Duck tales this week…
ALLEN NEARLY DEALT TO BREWERS
Akron’s Greg Allen, recently promoted to the club from High-A Lynchburg, was nearly dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. He was part of a package, including Lynchburg’s Yu-Cheng Chang and Francisco Mejia and Columbus’ Shawn Armstrong, that would have been sent to the Brewers organization for National League All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
The Brewers backstop balked at the deal and refused to waive his no-trade clause to come to the American League’s top team at the time, vetoing the move. Lucroy was traded on Monday to the Texas Rangers.
Allen, working as Akron’s center fielder and leadoff hitter, is hitting .282 in nine games with the RubberDucks. He hit his second homer for the club in the fifth inning on Thursday night. He drove in two and scored twice in the contest and added a pair of outfield assists.
HAASE ON A HOME RUN TEAR
Eric Haase hit his ninth homer of the season on Wednesday, driving in a pair of runs in the Akron loss. He also homered in back-to-back games on July 22 and 23, giving him three home runs over his last six games (four starts).
Including a homer at Reading on June 23, Haase has homered four times in his last ten games and 29 at bats.
HILL PROMOTED, MAKES DEBUT
Righty Cameron Hill was promoted to Double-A Akron on Tuesday from the High-A Hillcats.
Hill has put together a solid year almost exclusively with Lynchburg this season. He had appeared in 31 games for the ‘cats, going 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and .245 batting average against with 57 strikeouts and 14 walks in 56 innings of work. He also made a quick appearance at Triple-A with the Clippers, working two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out two.
In his Double-A debut on Thursday, he worked three scoreless and hitless innings in relief of Michael Peoples. Hill walked one and struck out one and kept the game close.
Rob Kaminsky bounced back nicely from a rough start at home against Richmond on July 26, when he allowed five runs on seven hits in a loss. Making the start on Sunday against Bowie, he worked six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, but did hit his third batter in as many games and his fourth in his last five starts.
He struck out six and threw 85 pitches in the game, a no-decision.
BROWN MAKES TRIPLE-A DEBUT
Clevinger, who was supposed to start on Wednesday, was bumped from his start in order to make a spot start for Cleveland on Thursday. Brown allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings in a no-decision versus Indianapolis.
He was transferred back to Akron on Thursday.
ROBERTS TO THE DL
Pitcher Will Roberts was placed on the seven-day disabled list on August 1 with a right shoulder strain.
The 25-year-old right-hander was making his first appearance for the RubberDucks and came on in relief, giving up two unearned runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning. He had last pitched on June 30 for Columbus before landing on the DL with a right finger blister and was assigned to Akron on July 25.
Twenty-seven-year-old Lendy Castillo was assigned to Akron on Monday. He was signed by the Indians to a minor league contract on Sunday after being released several days earlier by the Erie SeaWolves, Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The 6’1, 180 lb. right-hander was 3-3 with the SeaWolves in 40 appearances this season with a 5.06 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, and a .254 batting average against.
Right-handed reliever J.P. Feyereisen and two former ‘Ducks, Frazier and reliever Ben Heller, were three of four players dealt to the New York Yankees organization in exchange for All-Star reliever Andrew Miller on Sunday.
Former Major League reliever Craig Stammen was assigned to the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday as he continues to work his way down the comeback trail.
Photo: David Monseur/MiLB.com