Daily Recap: 8/27
Aeros and Curve Rained Out Wednesday
AKRON, OH – Wednesday’s game between the Aeros and the Altoona Curve was postponed by rain, and as a result, the clubs will play a doubleheader starting 6:05 p.m. Thursday. The twin bill will consist of two seven-inning games, with a 20-minute intermission between games one and two.
Any fans with tickets to Wednesday’s game can use their tickets as rain checks for Thursday’s doubleheader, or any 2008 home playoff game, or any Aeros home game in April and May of 2009. All rain checks are subject to availability.
Frank Herrmann (10-6, 4.01 ERA) is expected to start for Akron in game one against Curve left-hander Kyle Bloom (5-7, 4.17 ERA). Starters for game two have not been announced. The game broadcast begins at 5:50 p.m. on SportsRadio 1350 AM and online at www.akronaeros.com.
K-Tribe Wins Game One of Double Header, Game Two Suspended Because of Rain
The K-Tribe scored four late runs, coming back to beat Winston-Salem 7-4 in game one of a double header Wednesday night in the Triad. Kinston catcher Carlos Santana got the scoring going in the top of the first with a solo home run. Kinston took a 3-0 lead after a two RBI double from Johnny Drennen in the top of the second inning. Winston-Salem came back with three runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the score. The Warthogs took a lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kinston committed errors on two routine groundballs, allowing Sergio Miranda to score an unearned run and give Winston-Salem a 4-3 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning Carlos Santana walked to start a big K-Tribe rally. The next batter, Nick Weglarz, drove a ball to center field that Winston-Salem’s speedy outfielder John Shelby dove for and missed. The ball rolled all the way to the wall, allowing Santana to score and Weglarz to advance to third base. With the score tied at four, Weglarz would score two batters later on an RBI single by Carlos Rivero. Rivero and Santana each had three hits for Kinston.
K-Tribe starter Shawn Nottingham (3-4) picked up the win, pitching five innings and giving up three earned runs. Josh Tomlin pitched two scoreless innings of relief for his second save of the season. Winston-Salem’s Anthony Carter (6-5) took the loss. The win puts Kinston just 1 ½ games behind Winston-Salem for the final playoff spot in the Carolina League Southern Division.
Game two of the double header was suspended in the top of the third inning with the score tied at zero. The game will be picked up at 6pm on Thursday night in Winston-Salem. The seven inning game will be completed and followed by the final game of the series, a nine-inning affair. Kinston will send Hector Rondon to the mound for the final game of the series, 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.
CAPTAINS SWEEP SUNS
(Eastlake, OH) – Richard Martinez hit a two out solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Lake County Captains to a three game sweep of the Hagerstown Suns 5-4 on Wednesday. Todd Martin drove in two runs and Mark Thompson had three hits for the Captains. The win was the Captains season high sixth in a row.
Hagerstown got to Captains starter Ryan Miller in the first inning on back to back doubles by Jose Lozada and Tim Pahuta and the Suns led 1-0. The Captains came right back in the bottom of the first against Suns starter Terrence Engles and tied it at 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by Todd Martin. The Suns made it 2-1 in the second on a RBI single by Mark Gildea. It went to 3-1 when Sean Rooney hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning.
The Captains cut the lead to 3-2 when Todd Martin singled home Karexon Sanchez in the bottom of the third inning. The Suns scored another run in the fourth inning on a RBI double from Lozada and it was 4-2. The Captains tied it at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a RBI double from Jeff Hehr and a RBI single from Mark Thompson.
Miller did not get a decision pitching four innings and allowing four runs, three earned on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Garrett Rieck came on in relief of Miller in the fifth inning and worked two scoreless innings striking out two. John Gaub got the win to even his record at 1-1 as he came on in the seventh inning and threw two scoreless innings striking out four. Dallas Cawizell pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save. Chris Lugo took the loss and his record fell to 2-2.
The Captains travel to Delmarva and Hagerstown to close out the regular season. The Captains will be in Delmarva on Thursday to complete a game suspended started at Classic Park on August 9th. Game time is 5:05 PM. In the regularly scheduled game, the Captains will send RHP Joey Mahalic (7-5, 4.02) to the mound to face the Shorebirds LHP Chris Salberg (1-4, 3.86). All Captains games can be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.
In Other Games...
- Buffalo lost 3-2. RHP Brian Bullington went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits, 2 walks and had 5 strikeouts. OF Brad Snyder went 3-for-4 with a 2B and 3B, OF Jason Cooper went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI, and OF Trevor Crowe went 0-for-5 with 4 strikeouts.
- Mahoning Valley was rained out and the game will not be made up.
- The GCL Indians game was cancelled due to wet grounds. Unfortunately, the game will not be made up and their season is over. They really lost a lot of games this year to "wet grounds" which in other words means the field was not worked on much in the morning before they played. Guess the groundscrew left Winter Haven as well.;-)