Game Recap 4/29: Haley's Gem Leads Captains
The Lake County Captains got another great pitching performance from a young starting pitching prospect in right-hander Trey Haley and won on Thursday night 4-1.
Taking a cue from right-hander Clayton Cook's six shutout innings of work in a 4-1 Captains win on Wednesday, Haley followed it up by going seven strong innings and allowed one run on two hits, three walks, and punched out three batters. It was arguably his best performance to date as a pro, and in five starts now this season he is 1-0 with a 4.68 ERA.
The Captains trailed 1-0 going into the sixth inning when they plated two runs to take the lead for good. With the bases loaded and nobody out Bo Greenwell walked in a run for an RBI and a double play groundout by Roberto Perez scored the other run. In the seventh inning Chris Kersten hit a solo home run, his second of the season. Lake County closed out the scoring in the eighth inning when Roberto Perez singled home their fourth run of the game.
The Captains nine hit attack was led by Chris Kersten who finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run while seven other batters in the lineup all had one hit a piece.
The Captains return home on Friday and Joe Gardner takes the hill. Game time is at 6:30 PM.
Clippers Rally For Third Straight Against Knights
The Clippers have hit into an International League-high 28 double plays so far this season, but they didn't mind one of them from Jason Donald on Wednesday night. Donald's bases-loaded double play in the eighth inning allowed pinch-runner Jose Constanza to score the go-ahead run, as Columbus came back from a four-run deficit to beat Charlotte, 9-7.
The Clippers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but it wouldn't last as the Knights answered with one in the second, two in the third and three more in the fourth.
Clippers starter Carlos Carrasco allowed six runs (four earned) in just four innings of work, getting bailed out by his offense. Chris Gimenez hit a three-run shot to the deepest part of Huntington Park in the fourth, cutting the deficit to 6-5.
After Charlotte scored a run in the sixth, Columbus answered with two in their half of the frame, courtesy of a Wes Hodges home run and Brian Bixler sacrifice fly, to tie things at 7 a piece.
A walk, a hit-by-pitch and a bunt single loaded the bases for the Clippers in the eighth, paving the way for the run-scoring double-play. A wild pitch allowed Brian Bixler to score an insurance run, accounting for the final score.
Frank Hermann picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Clippers will go for the four-game sweep Friday night at Huntington Park, with the first pitch slated for 7:05.
Kinston Comeback Falls Short
A ninth-inning rally by the K-Tribe fell short on Thursday night as Kinston lost their series rubber match 7-6 to Lynchburg at Historic Grainger Stadium. The K-Tribe scored four runs in the final frame behind two big extra base hits from Karexon Sanchez and Roman Pena, but left the tying run stranded.
Lynchburg starter the scoring in the third off of K-Tribe starter Alexander Perez, who was activated off the disabled list to make his first start of the season. After retiring the first six he faced, Perez gave up a leadoff double to Cody Puckett who was singled home by Kyle Day. One batter later, Josh Fellhauer drove Day home with a double to make it 2-0. The Hillcats added an unearned run in the fourth when a Jason Kipnis throwing error allowed Devin Mesoraco to score and give Lynchburg a 3-0 lead. Perez (0-1) was saddled with the loss giving up four hits and two earned runs in three innings. Perez walked one and struck out three.
Kinston answered in a fifth inning. After back-to-back singles by Kyle Bellows and Richard Martinez to start the frame, Roman Pena drilled a two-run double to the alley in left to pull the Indians within 3-2. However, with runners on the corners and one out, Adam Davis grounded into a double play to end the threat.
K-Tribe pitching would serve up three more runs in the top of the seventh. Reliever Joey Mahalic loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks before Matt Langwell came on to relieve him and walked in a run. Alex Buchholz would then knock a two-run single into left field to give the Hillcats a 6-2 lead. Kyle Day added a solo blast to left-center field off Langwell in the eighth to make it 7-2.
The K-Tribe would rally in the ninth off of Lynchburg reliever Jeff Jeffords when Doug Pickens led off the bottom of the frame with a walk and Abner Abreu followed with a single. After a Kyle Bellows strikeout, Martinez walked to load the bases. The Hillcats again went to the pen and pulled out Justin Freeman, who gave up a bases clearing triple to Pena. Pena went 2-for-4 with five RBI on the night, the most runs knocked in by a K-Tribe player in a single game this season. Sanchez would then knock in Pena with an RBI double to cut the Hillcat lead to one. Sanchez went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. A Davis pop out ended the game for Kinston. Hillcat starter Mark Serrano (2-0) picked up the win, Freeman got the save.
The loss concluded a 6-game homestand in which Kinston went 3-3. The K-Tribe will now hit the road to Virginia for a three game set in Salem over the weekend followed by four games in Lynchburg. Kelvin De La Cruz takes the bump for the K-Tribe at Salem tomorrow night at 7:05.
Note: Akron had a scheduled off day on Thursday.