(Harrisburg, Pa.) June 8, 2014 – If it wasn't for bad luck, RubberDucks right hander Will Roberts might not have any luck at all.
On Sunday, Roberts took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but was victimized by a defensive miscue and some timely Harrisburg hitting in a 4-2 loss to the Senators in the final game of a three-game series at Metro Bank Park.
The RubberDucks (38-24) lost the final two games against the last-place Senators, and finished 3-3 on the six-game road trip. They will begin a homestand against Binghamton on Monday night at 7:05.
Roberts (5-7) has absorbed five losses this year when he has given up three earned runs or less. This was the case again Sunday, when he allowed four runs, but only one earned, over six innings, but emerged as the losing pitcher.
Roberts threw hitless ball through five innings, but trailed 1-0. He walked Michael Taylor in the fourth inning. Taylor then stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly. Akron took the lead in the top of the sixth on Brian LaHair's two-run single off Zach Kroenke (1-1).
Roberts started the sixth by getting a grounder to second by Harrisburg catcher Mitch Canham. The ball was misplayed, however, by second baseman Joe Wendle and Canham was safe. It was only the third error of the season by the sure handed Wendle. Canham then stole second and went to third on a groundout, playing out the same scenario from the fourth inning. Taylor then lined an RBI single to center to break up the no-hit bid and tie the game. After a fly out by Caleb Ramsey for the second out, Cutter Dykstra doubled home Taylor and Matt Skole followed with an RBI single to score Dykstra to make it 4-2. All three runs were unearned.
Kroenke, a 30-year-old veteran lefty, worked seven innings for his first Harrisburg and Nationals organization win. He turned things over to closer Matt Grace, who pitched the final two innings for his third save.
Roberts finished with a six-inning effort, allowing three hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Roberts has made nine of his 12 starts this season on the road. He has gotten the decision in all of his starts.
The Senators (23-38) took two of three from Akron, and improved 3-6 against the Ducks in the season series. The teams will meet in Harrisburg again in two weeks.
Tyler Naquin recorded a pair of hits for the RubberDucks, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, which matches the longest streak on the team this year. Ronny Rodriguez was 0-3, halting his hitting streak at nine games.
The RubberDucks will now return to Canal Park for a seven-day, eight-game homestand beginning Monday night at 7:05 against the Binghamton Mets. RHP Hansel Robles (3-3, 5.08) is the announced starter for the Mets, RHP Duke von Schamann (2-0, 3.18) is expected to start for Akron. The game will be broadcast on WARF 1350 AM and www.AkronRubberDucks.com.