Game Recap 4/10: White Wins In Pro Debut
Greenville, North Carolina native Alex White picked up his first professional win, as Kinston beat Winston-Salem 4-1 Saturday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. White (1-0) pitched five innings, giving up two hits (an infield single and a double) and striking out seven. The former UNC star struck out the first two batters he faced, racking up five strikeouts in his first two innings of work.
The K-Tribe bullpen did the rest, as David Roberts, Matt Langwell and Steve Smith combined to hold on for the win. Langwell and Smith combined for two innings of hitless ball for the second straight night. Smith picked up his first save of the season.
Kinston scored in the bottom of the first inning when Nate Recknagel drove home Jordan Henry on an RBI ground out. The K-Tribe would take advantage of Dash mistakes in the third inning, when starting pitcher Charlie Leesman, threw wide of first allowing Donnie Webb to reach with one out in the frame. Recknagel drove Webb home with an RBI double one batter later. Sanchez would drive Recknagel home with a single later in the inning. Kinston would add an insurance run in the seventh inning when Henry scored from third on a balk.
The Indians (2-1) and Dash (1-2) will finish the four game series Sunday afternoon at 2 pm at Historic Grainger Stadium. T.J. House will make the start for Kinston. Every Sunday this season kids eat free! All kids ten and under eat free at every Sunday home game in 2010.
Indians edge Clippers 4-3
In slightly more baseball-like weather in Columbus Saturday night, the Indianapolis Indians got the better of a slightly more baseball-like score in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Clippers a night after the 2 teams combined for 26 runs.
Indianapolis started the scoring in the 1st inning when Jeanmar Gomez struggled with his location, walking 3 batters in a row. With the bases loaded, Steve Pearce plated 2 runs with a single. A pair of doubles in the 3rd inning resulted in a 3-0 lead for the Indians.
Through the first 4 innings, Indy starter Donnie Veal kept the Clippers in check, but Columbus rallied in the 5th for 2 runs on a Jason Donald RBI single and a run-scoring double play off the bat of Russell Branyan. Anthony Claggett, on in relief of Veal allowed a run in the 7th inning on an RBI single from Anderson Hernandez to make it a 3-3 score.
The tie was short-lived as Brandon Moss continued a big night with a solo blast off of Steven Wright, giving the Indians a 4-3 lead that they would not relinquish. It was the only blemish on the Wright's otherwise strong outing. Jean Machi shut down the Clippers over the final 2 frames for the save.
The final game of the series kicks off at 1:05 Sunday afternoon with Yohan Pino taking the ball for the Clippers against the Tribe's Chris Jakubauskas.
Aeros Win Slugfest 11-10
The Aeros squandered a 9-2 lead at the end of the fourth inning to fall behind 10-9, but a ninth inning rally led to an 11-10 win. The teams combined for 21 runs and 31 hits in a knockdown-drag out affair that saw both squads squander leads in the contest.
Binghamton (1-2) carried a 10-9 lead into the ninth inning. Righty Jose De La Torre, who had retired the first five men to face him, allowed a one-out single to Matt McBride, which signaled the end of his afternoon. Manager Tim Teufel summoned Roy Merritt to get the final two outs of the game. Merritt promptly surrendered a single to Beau Mills, which advanced McBride to third. Carlos Rivero followed with a single through the right side, which pushed across McBride with the tying run. After getting Cord Phelps to ground into a fielder