Planez, Kayfus Homer in 9-1 Ducks’ win in Portland

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June 5, 2024 – Eastern League (EL)
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RubberDucks right fielder Alexfri Planez homered as Akron built a 5-0 lead in the first four innings, and first baseman CJ Kayfus hit his first career grand slam and Double-A homer in the eighth inning of a 9-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in the second game of a six-game series at Hadlock Field Wednesday night.

Turning point

In a scoreless game in the third inning against right-hander Angel Bastardo, left fielder Joe Lampe singled on the first pitch to right, and shortstop Yordys Valdés plated a bunt single to third base. Center fielder Petey Halpin grounded into a fielder’s choice, and shortstop Eddinson Paulino’s errant throw scored Lampe. After walking Kayfus, he was caught stealing while Halpin reached third base. Planez then hit a 400-foot home run to right-center field – his fourth home run in seven games – for a 3-0 lead.

Hill presence

Righthander Ross Carver made his first start of the season after twelve relief appearances and worked three shutout innings, yielding one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Left-hander Jaime Arias started the fourth inning and retired the first five batters he faced. He allowed a solo home run to center fielder Roman Anthony in the sixth and a double and a walk before retiring the side that lasted 3 2/3 innings with four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Righthander Bradley Hanner came in with two outs in the seventh inning. After walking, he retired seven batters in a row to end the game.

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Akron extended its lead further in the fourth, when design hitter Milan Tolentino doubled, Lampe singled and stole second base, and Halpin lined a single to right field for a 5-0 lead. That was Akron’s last hit until the eighth inning, when Tolentino walked, Lampe hit his team-high 11th double to right, Halpin walked and Kayfus launched a two-out, 0-2 pitch from right-hander Caleb Bolden to the pavilion . over the right field wall to make the score 9-1.


Akron drew within a half-game of Harrisburg (31-21, rained out Wednesday) in the first half of the Southwest Division, while Portland fell a half-game behind Hartford in the Northeast Division…Every RubberDuck batter reached base on a hit or walk…Kayfus has seven RBIs in his first two Double-A games…Second baseman Nate Furman walked in the ninth inning to extend a 19-game on-base streak going back to his stint at High-A Lake County. ..Halpin extended a 17-game on-base streak with a single and a walk Wednesday…Playing time: 2:44 (0:24 delay)…Attendance: 4,251.

On the pond

The RubberDucks continue their series Thursday at 11 a.m. in Portland at Hadlock Field. Akron right-hander Aaron Davenport (4-1, 1.87 ERA) is scheduled to play Sea Dogs right-hander Hunter Dobbins (3-1, 4.08 ERA). The game broadcast will be on 640 WHLO, the 640 WHLO iHeartRadio channel and, and available on Bally Live. Tickets for RubberDucks home games are available at

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