The Akron RubberDucks have put their five-game losing streak of a week ago to bed as they reeled off five straight wins through Monday night’s action to improve to 8-9 with the Eastern League’s longest active winning streak.
The ‘Ducks finished their two-city road trip with a pair of wins in Reading, including a resounding 12-2 victory in the finale last Wednesday. It capped off a series against the Fightin Phils in which Akron scored 24 runs and allowed 13 during the three-game set. They returned home for their second homestand of the season and swept the Altoona Curve in three straight over the weekend, including a pair of 3-2 victories on Friday and Saturday (including an 11th inning two-out walk-off single from Joe Sever on Saturday) before a more decisive 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon. They opened their three game series with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies with a 5-2 victory on Monday night, using a three-run sixth to break a 2-2 tie.
Akron will wrap up its brief hosting role with two more with Binghamton on Tuesday and Wednesday before hitting the road for Bowie for a three-game series to close out the first month of the season.
In other news from the Rubber City:
HE’S DOING IT AGAIN
Francisco Mejia made quite the name for himself last season when putting together a 50-game hitting streak between Class-A Lake County and High-A Lynchburg. His prowess at the plate has continued again this season as he has started the year with hits in each of his first 13 games.
He appeared in five games over the last week and had six hits during his action, hitting singles in all five games and a triple on Monday against Binghamton. He drove in runs on April 17 and 18 against Reading and drew two walks against Altoona on April 21.
ALLEN’S MODEST STREAK ENDS
Center fielder Greg Allen saw his modest four-game hitting streak come to an end on Friday with an 0-for-3 against Altoona.
The 24-year-old, in his second season with Akron, had five hits in 18 at bats before getting just one hit over the weekend in ten ABs against the Curve. He had a pair of hits in the opener with Binghamton on Monday. In 17 games this season, Allen is hitting .267 with a .362 on-base percentage and is a perfect 8-for-8 stealing bases in the young campaign.
BRADLEY’S STREAK ENDS, TOO
First base prospect Bobby Bradley saw his best stretch at the plate come to an end over the weekend when his own four-game hitting streak was snapped with an 0-for-5 day against Altoona.
He had a hit and two RBI in the opener with Reading last Monday and followed it up with a solo homer and three walks on Tuesday. In the finale, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a homer for the second straight day, and five RBI. The streak was extended in the first game of the series with Altoona, when he was 2-for-2 with two more walks, but he concluded the series with nine hitless at bats with five strikeouts, including the golden sombrero on Sunday.
In 15 games, Bradley has supplied a .184/.349/.367 slash with three homers, eleven RBI, and 21 strikeouts in 49 at bats.
KRIEGER PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
Tyler Krieger, Akron’s second baseman, has performed well at the plate in the early going this season. The 23-year-old second year man out of Clemson has hit safely in nine of his first 12 games, posting a .356/.431/.556 slash with six doubles, a homer, and five runs batted in. His hot start included hits in seven straight games from April 14 through April 22 in a streak that ended with an 0-for-3 day on Sunday. He has reached safely in eleven of his 12 games this season.
The fourth round selection in the 2015 draft hit a combined .299 last season between Class-A Lake County and High-A Lynchburg with 26 doubles, eight triples, five homers, and 58 RBI.
HAASE IS GRAND
Catcher Eric Haase hit his first home run in grand fashion on Sunday as he followed a bases loaded walk by Dorssys Paulino with a grand slam as the ‘Ducks rolled the Curve, 6-1.
Haase was a postseason hero for the RubberDucks last season when they won the Eastern League title. He was the Most Valuable Player of the Double-A playoffs.
To make room on the Akron roster, utility man Yhoxian Medina was released. The 26-year-old out of Venezuela and a 38th round pick by the Indians in the 2011 draft had hit in five straight games from April 12 through April 18, but was hitting just .182 on the season. He was in his third season in an Akron uniform after spending much of 2016 with Columbus.
Left-handed starting pitcher Rob Kaminsky was placed on the 7-day disabled list on Wednesday with left forearm tightness. Reliever Neil Holland was promoted from High-A Lynchburg on Friday to replace Kaminsky on the roster. The 28-year-old joined the Indians organization in the offseason on a minor league deal after spending seven years in the Washington Nationals organization.