Harper mashes three HRs vs. RubberDucks on rehab assignment

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Record-Courier staff report

The Harrisburg Senators scored in every inning except two on Saturday en route to a commanding 10-4 victory over the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park in Akron.

After keeping the Senators from crossing home plate in the top of the first inning, the RubberDucks would go on to allow their opponent to score single runs in each of the next five innings.

Only three runs from Akron in the bottom of the fourth inning interrupted Harrisburg's consistent offensive output, which allowed it to build a 5-3 lead after six innings of play.

Still within striking distance, Akron failed to get any closer from that point forward. Harrisburg, which did not score in the seventh inning, plated three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to completely distance itself from Akron, despite the Ducks scoring a single run in their half of the eighth.

For the game, Harrisburg belted out 19 hits, highlighted by National League All-Star Bryce Harper, who is currently rehabbing from an injury with the Senators.

Harper was 4-for-5 at the plate with three home runs and five RBI.

Harper's first blast was a solo shot in the third inning, his next was another solo shot in his next at-bat in the fifth inning and his third round-tripper came in the eighth will two runners on base.

Akron's two runs were plated on RBI-producing hits by Jordan Smith (right field) and Ollie Linton (centerfield). Linton went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Smith was 2-for-4 during a 12-hit performance by the RubberDucks. Multi-hit games by Ronny Rodriguez (second base) and Adam Abraham (third base) were also turned in.

On the mound, Akron starter Duke von Schamann was the loser and dropped to 3-2 on the season. He pitched five innings and gave up five earned runs, 13 hits and he struck out one and walked one.

Toru Murata came in relief, but gave up five runs (two earned) in three innings of work. Louis Head pitched one scoreless inning for Akron.

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