Daily Recap: 7/4
As expected, Akron made a pair of roster moves on Friday activating OF Nathan Panther and RHP T.J. Burton from the disabled list. The moves bring the Aeros to the limit of 24 active players.
K-Tribe sets a single game attendance record, beats Wilmington 5-2
A record crowd of 5,513 saw Kinston blow past the Blue Rocks of Wilmington 5-2 Friday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. The crowd was the most ever to see a Carolina League game at Grainger Stadium in Kinston’s 46 years in the Carolina League, eclipsing the record of 5,349 set on July 3rd of 1995.
The K-Tribe gave the record crowd something to cheer about early when Nick Weglarz drove home Jerad Head with a single in the first inning. Kinston let the big bats do the talking from there as Carlos Rivero hit a solo homerun, his third of the season, in the fourth inning. In the sixth, Weglarz struck again with a round tripper of his own. The solo shot was the Canadians eighth of the season. Weglarz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Beau Mills put a cap on the night with his team leading 12th home run, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the seventh.
Kinston starting pitcher Hector Rondon (7-3) was brilliant again, winning his fifth consecutive game. The 20-year-old Venezuelan went 6 2/3 innings, giving up just two hits while striking out eight. Rondon leads the Carolina League in strikeouts with 97 and has not lost a game since May 9th. Neil Wagner got his third save of the season, Matt Meyer picked up his fourth hold of the year. Wilmington starter Everett Teaford (4-2) took the loss for the Blue Rocks.
The K-Tribe hits the road, traveling to Winston-Salem Saturday for a three game road series. Game time 6pm as Kinston’s Carlton Smith takes the mound for the K-Tribe.
CAPTAINS AND INTIMIDATORS POSTPONED
(Kannapolis, NC) – The Lake County Captains game on Friday against the Kannapolis Intimidators has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a double header on Saturday at 5:05 PM. This is the eighth rain out for the Captains this year.
The Captains will send RHP Chris Archer (2-8, 4.05) to the mound against the Intimidators RHP Levi Maxwell (8-2, 3.51) in game one. In game two, the Captains will send LHP Ryan Morris (6-2, 3.27) to the mound against the Intimidators RHP Miguel Socolovich (2-3, 4.83). The All Captains games can be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.
In Other Games...
- Buffalo lost 8-1. RHP Randy Newsom pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and striking out 1. 1B Michael Aubrey went 2-for-4, 3B Morgan Ensberg went 2-for-4 with a 2B, and OF Brad Snyder went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.
- Akron won 11-8 in 11 innings. RHP Steven Wright went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and no walks while striking out 3. RHP Luis Perdomo blew the save in the 9th, going 1 inning and allowing 1 run on 2 hits, 1 walks and struck out 1. RHP Erik Stiller pitched 2 scoreless innings for the win allowing 1 hit and no walks while punching out 3. OF Bronson Sardinha went 3-for-5 with a HR and 2 RBI, 3B Wes Hodges went 0-for-2 with an RBI and 3 walks, 1B Stephen Head went 2-for-5 with 2 2Bs and 2 RBI, DH Matt Whitney went 2-for-6 with a HR and 4 RBI.
- Mahoning Valley lost 11-9. LHP Kaimi Mead went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Catcher Doug Pickens went 2-for-4 with 2 runs and an RBI, 1B Brock Simpson went 2-for-5 with a 2B and walk, 3B Jeremie Tice went 2-for-5 with 2B and walk, and 2B Isaias Velasquez went 2-for-4 with 3 runs and a walk.
- The GCL Indians lost 4-1. LHP Chris Jones went 5.2 innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks and struck out 2. 3B Abner Abreu went 1-for-4 with a 2B and RBI, 1B Adam Abraham went 1-for-4 with 2 strikeouts, and DH Jason Smit went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.