Record-Courier staff report
TRENTON, N.J. -- Akron RubberDucks right-hander Kyle Davies struck out a season-high nine batters over 623 innings Thursday afternoon, picking up his second win of the season as the RubberDucks defeated the Trenton Thunder 4-1 at Arm and Hammer Park.
The win avoided a series sweep by the Thunder, and also gave the RubberDucks (10-10) a winning road trip. The team was 4-3 during the seven-game trip to Bowie and Trenton.
Akron returns home to Canal Park to take on Altoona tonight at 6:35.
Davies (2-1) was brilliant from the start Thursday. He scattered three hits while working into the seventh inning. The only blemish on his stat line for the day was a solo homer allowed to Kyle Roller leading off the seventh.
Davies walked only one and struck out nine Trenton hitters. He fanned leadoff-man Mason Williams three times. Davies threw a season-high 101 pitches, 71 of which were strikes.
The RubberDucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Trenton starter Joel De La Cruz (2-2). Justin Toole laced a two-run double to left to bring in Ronny Rodriguez and Tony Wolters, both of whom had singled.
In the fifth inning, also against De La Cruz, Francisco Lindor drove in two more runs with a triple to right to make 4-0. Lindor finished the day with three hits.
After Davies exited, Shawn Armstrong worked through the eighth, striking out three.
Lefty Giovanni Soto started the ninth inning and retired the first two hitters he faced. He worked a 2-2 count to Roller, but then left the game with an apparent shoulder injury.
Right-hander Jordan Cooper came out of the bullpen and fired one pitch, getting a swing and miss by Roller to end the game.
The 14 strikeouts by the four Akron pitchers is the most in a single game this season.