Daily Recap: 08/11
K-Tribe power past Hillcats
Carlos Santana and John Drennen both homered powering the Kinston Indians to a comfortable 10-1 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Monday night in front of 1,336 fans at Grainger Stadium. The win was the Indians 5th straight and sent their attendance to a new record 115,326 with 8 home games left to play.
Santana got the Indians on the board in the first inning launching his 3rd Indians home run, the first at Grainger stadium, for a 1-0 lead. Drennen gave the Indians all the cushion they would need in the 2nd inning hitting his second home run in as many days, a 3-run shot, for a 4-0 lead.
The Indians put an exclamation point on the game in the 5th, plating 6 runs and sending 12 men to the plate as Carlos Rivero, Niuman Romero, Matt McBride, Drennen (2) and Lucas Montero drove in runs.
The outburst made a winner of Hector Rondon (11-5) who allowed only a solo HR and a pair of singles in 6.2 innings of work, walking one and striking out 5 improving to 3-0 with a 2.78ERA over his last 4 starts.
Drennen finished the night 2-for-3 with a HR and 5RBI. Carlos Rivero (2-for4) and Niuman Romero (2-for-5) the only other Indians with multi-hit nights.
Millers winless streak continues, but Captains rally in 10.
Ryan Miller must've thought that allowing only 1 run in 5 innings of work would bring an end to his winless streak, but the Captains bullpen and defense blew a 3-run lead late before rallying past the Columbus Catfish 11-8 in 10 innings.
Miller, now 12 starts since his last win, allowed only 1 run in the 5th inning before departing with the Captains ahead 4-1.
The Catfish rallied for 2-runs in the bottom of the 7th against Captains reliever John Gaub to cut the deficit to 4-3, before the Captains added 2 of their own in the top of the 8th on RBI singles by Chris Nash and Adam White to stretch the lead back to 6-3.
It would all unravel for the Captains in the bottom of the 8th as a pair of errors from Karexon Sanchez and Chris Nash would lead to 3 unearned runs against Captains reliever Garrison Campfield capped off by a 2-out single by Catfish Gregory Sexton to tie the game at 6-6.
The Captains would rally again in the 10th inning as Mark Thompson stroked a bases loaded triple, before Juan Valdes added some insurance with a 2-out, 2-run double to put the Captains up 11-6.
The Catfish would get 2 back in the bottom of the inning on a 2-out, 2-run HR against Garrett Rieck, but the Captains would hold on 11-8.
Josh Judy (12-1!!!! As a reliever!!) would get the final out in the 8th and work a scoreless 9th to pick up the win.
Matthew Brown (3-for-5) and Chris Nash (3-for-5) both with big offensive nights for Lake County.
In other games...
- Buffalo lose 5-4 to Lehigh Valley. Bryan Bullington allowed 4ER in 6IP. Tom Mastny (2-1) took the loss allowing an unearned run in the 8th. Jordan Brown (3-for-4, 2B) the lone offensive standout.
- Akron with a scheduled day off.
- Scrappers rally from 4-1 deficit to beat Tri-City 6-4 with a 5-run 5th inning. Erik Berger (3IP, 6H, 3ER) with his first rough start as a pro. Brian Grening (1-0) picked up his first pro win allowing 1 run in 2IP. Isaias Velsquez finished the night 2-for-3 after replacing Lonnie Chisenhall who left the game after being hit by a pitch on the back of his right hand. X-Rays on the hand were negative and Chisenhall is listed as day-to-day with a contusion.
- GCL Indians lose 5-3 to Yankees. Chris Jones (3-3) roughed up for 5R/ER in 5IP. Abner Abreu with a good night on offense hitting his 14th double and 9th home run as part of a 2-for-4 night to snap out of a 1-for-17 skid.