(AKRON, OH, September 2, 2014)—The Akron RubberDucks are back in the Eastern League playoffs for the first time since winning the league championship in 2012, and the 15th time overall in the 26 seasons that the team has played in Northeast Ohio. The RubberDucks qualified for the post-season by finishing second in the Western Division with a 73-69
record, and will take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) in a best-of-five, first-round match-up. The winner of the RubberDucks-Flying Squirrels series will face either Portland or Binghamton in the EL Championship Series beginning Tuesday, September 9th in the home ballpark of the Western Division champs.
Akron will host the first two games of the series, Wednesday and Thursday, September 3rd and 4th. Both games will begin at 6:35 p.m. EST, and feature post-game fireworks. The venue will shift to The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia, for game three on Friday evening, September 5th, at 7:05 p.m. Games four and five, if necessary, would also be played at The Diamond on Saturday, September 6th at 6:05 p.m., and Sunday, September 7th at 1:35 p.m.
The RubberDucks occupied either first or second place in the Western Division from April 27th through the end of the regular season. At one point, Akron led the division by five games. Richmond caught fire in June, going 19-10 for the month, and assumed first place on June 25th. The RubberDucks held onto second place, and, despite going 25-34 the final two months of the season, clinched the EL West Wild Card on August 30th over Bowie.
The RubberDucks were 3-4 in head-to-head competition against the Flying Squirrels, with all of the games being played in July. Akron took three out of four in a series at The Diamond, July 7-10. Richmond responded by sweeping a three-game set at Canal Park, July 21-23.
This series will mark the first time Akron and Richmond have met in the post-season. While the RubberDucks are making the 15th playoff appearance in franchise history, the Flying Squirrels are appearing for just the second time since joining the EL in 2009. In 2011, Richmond made the post-season field as the Western Division wild card team and swept Harrisburg before falling to New Hampshire, three games to one, in the league finals.