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July 6: Rocchio's three-hit day not enough as Altoona drops Akron 6-3

Brayan Rocchio hit the game-tying double and go-ahead home run in Saturday's win in Erie. (David Monseur, Accent Images Photography)
July 6, 2022

RubberDucks Game Recap | Box Score Altoona Curve (5-2, 38-38) 6, Akron RubberDucks (2-4, 42-33) 3 WP: Carmen Mlodzinski (2-4) LP: Hunter Gaddis (4-3) Save: Tyler Samaniego (5) Summary Despite a three hit day from Brayan Rocchio, the Akron RubberDucks could not overcome the Altoona Curve’s early offense in a

RubberDucks Game Recap | Box Score

Altoona Curve (5-2, 38-38) 6, Akron RubberDucks (2-4, 42-33) 3

WP: Carmen Mlodzinski (2-4) LP: Hunter Gaddis (4-3) Save: Tyler Samaniego (5)

Summary

Despite a three hit day from Brayan Rocchio, the Akron RubberDucks could not overcome the Altoona Curve’s early offense in a 6-3 loss on Wednesday night at Canal Park.

Turning Point

Working through two scoreless innings, Hunter Gaddis ran into trouble in the third inning. Altoona’s bats were able to plate four runs, three coming on a home run by Aaron Shackelford, and put the Curve up 4-0 early in the game.

Mound Presence

Gaddis struggled with runners on base, finding himself with runners on in each inning he pitched. Gaddis finished with five innings of work allowing five runs and striking out two. Manuel Alvarez pitched two innings and gave up one unearned run. Cade Smith worked two scoreless innings striking out one.

Duck Tales

In the fifth inning, Jose Tena hit a double into the left-center gap that drove in Julian Escobedo, who reached via a single, making the score 5-1 Altoona. Tena was driven in with a Brayan Rocchio double, making the score 5-2 Curve. Escobedo reached base with a single in the seventh inning and was driven in by a George Valera single, making the score 6-3 Altoona.

Notebook

Micah Pries picked up yet another hit, which extending his hitting streak to 12 games…Valera was able to add on to his yearly total for RBIs, picking up his 50th which is good for top five within the Eastern League…Game Time: 2:35…Attendance: 1,981.

On the Pond

The RubberDucks will continue their series against the Altoona Curve on Thursday, July 7 at 6:35 p.m. at Canal Park. Right-hander Tanner Bibee will make his Akron debut against Curve righty and Massillon native Kyle Nicolas (0-2, 4.27 ERA). The game broadcast, powered by FirstEnergy, is on 640 WHLO, the 640 WHLO iHeartRadio channel, and akronrubberducks.com, and available on MiLB.TV. Tickets for all RubberDucks home games, are available at akronrubberducks.com/tickets.