Record-Courier staff report
Akron -- The Portland Sea Dogs played long-ball Sunday afternoon in an 8-0 shutout of the Akron RubberDucks in front 6,888 at Canal Park, with all but two of their runs knocked in by homers.
The RubberDucks brought 22,681 fans to Canal Park over the weekend series against Portland, the largest crowd of the season.
Keury De La Cruz drove in the first three runs for the Sea Dogs with a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run homer in the fourth.
Portland then exploded for four runs in the seventh to put the game away. A double by Derrik Gibson sent Heiker Meneses across the plate, followed by a three-run homer off the bat of Sean Coyle to extend the Sea Dogs' lead to 7-0.
A sacrifice fly by Michael Brenly in the ninth brought home the final run of the game.
Tyler Naquin was a bright spot for the Ducks as he extended his team-high hitting streak to 17 games. The centerfielder has now hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games and leads the team with a .326 batting average.
Akron starter Cody Anderson (2-5) was charged with the loss. The righty allowed three earned runs on three hits -- including two home runs -- and six walks while striking out three in 423 innings.
Brian Johnson (5-1) got the win for Portland, hurling six innings and allowing four hits and one walk against five strikeouts.