AKRON -- Despite two home runs by former Kent State star Anthony Gallas, the Erie SeaWolvesswept the Akron RubberDucksby scores of 5-2 and 4-2 in Saturday's doubleheader at Canal Park.
In game two, a three-run third inning by Erie gave the SeaWolves (47-53) an early advantage over the Ducks (57-44). A single by Jason Krizan sent Dixon Machado home. A double by Marcus Lemon followed, driving Jason Krizan across the plate. Lemon scored on a wild pitch, extending the Erie lead to 4-0 in the top of the third.
A sacrifice fly by Adam Abraham sent Jordan Smith home, putting Akron on the board in the third. Smith has now hit in six consecutive games and eight of his last nine.
A solo home run by Gallas brought the score to 4-2 in the fourth. The homer was the second for Gallas in the doubleheader, following a two-run crack in the sixth inning of the first game. The Cleveland native has parked three home runs in the series against Erie and nine on the season.
The loss was charged to Jordan Cooper (6-2). In his five innings on the bump for Akron, Cooper allowed seven hits, four earned runs, one homer and struck out two batters.
Wilsen Palacios (6-4) picked up the win for Erie, also throwing five innings. He allowed six hits, two earned runs, one home run, struck out four batters and walked one
The SeaWolves took the first game of the evening 5-2 with a breakout fourth inning. An RBI double by Lemon sent Ramon Cabrera across the plate. A single off the bat of Machado followed, driving in Aaron Westlake and Lemon to bring the score to 5-0.
Erie starter Josh Turley picked up a win in his Double-A debut, hurling six innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, one homer, walking two batters and striking out four.
Reliever Jose Valdez recorded his 13th save in the outing, his fourth against the Ducks. In his inning on the mound, Valdez allowed one hit and struck out two batters.
Cody Anderson (4-9) was charged with his ninth loss of the season following a five-inning outing. The righty allowed nine hits, five earned runs and walked one batter.