Game Recap 4/30: Kipnis Has Another Big Night
The K-Tribe banged out a season high 19 hits, beating Salem 12-2 Friday night in Virginia. Kinston put up a season high seven runs, on six hits in the top of the fourth inning, breaking the game open early.
Kinston started the scoring in the first inning when Jason Kipnis hit a home run to right field, his team leading third round tripper of the season. The Indians added a run in the top of the second inning when Abner Abreu scored on a passed ball. Kinston led 2-1 going into the big fourth inning.
With two-on and two-outs in the top of the fourth inning, Karexon Sanchez walked to load the bases. Donnie Webb, in his first action in a week, stepped to the plate and delivered a bases clearing double off of the wall, giving Kinston a 5-1 lead. Kipnis followed with a single. Webb would then score on a successful double steal attempt as Kipnis took second and Webb scampered home. Nate Recknagel then followed with an RBI single as Kinston took a 7-1 lead. After an Abner Abreu double, Kyle Bellows would drive Abreu and Recknagel home with a single. Bellows went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI in the fourth inning alone. The K-Tribe would continue the barrage, scoring three more two-out runs in the fifth inning. The runs came courtesy of a Webb RBI single and a two RBI double from Abreu.
The 19 hits were the most put up by a K-Tribe team since putting up 20 against Myrtle Beach in August of 2009. Kipnis went 4-for-4, with three runs scored. He was a triple shy of the cycle. Recknagel was 3-for-5 with a run scored; Bellows went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Webb went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. Rivas and Abreu also added two hits a piece for Kinston.
The K-Tribe also got solid pitching, as Kelvin De La Cruz (2-2), picked up the win, giving up two hits and an earned run in five innings. De La Cruz walked three and struck out a season high six. Bryce Stowell gave up his first earned run of the season, but retired the final nine batters he faced, striking out a season high six in relief. David Roberts came in for a perfect final 1 1/3 innings, striking out one for Kinston. Stolmy Pimentel (2-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season for Salem.
Game two of the three game series continues Saturday night in Salem at 6:05 pm. Nick Hagadone will get the start on the mound for Kinston.
Clippers Lose Series Finale
The Columbus Clippers had to come from behind in all three wins against the Charlotte Knights in the series leading up to Friday night's contest, but there was no rally magic in the finale of the series as the Knights managed a 9-2 victory. Tyler Flowers was the big bat for Charlotte, going 3-4 with a home run and 5 RBIs.
Hector Rondon once again was a model of inconsistency, allowing three runs in the 1st inning, and then mowing down nine batters in a row before giving up three more runs in the 5th, which would be his final inning of work. Mike Gosling allowed one run on four hits over three innings of work. Steven Wright pitched the 9th, giving up two runs on 3 hits.
Jeff Marquez had pitched poorly in four previous starts, but found his groove against the Clippers, tossing six innings and allowing only 2 runs, both of which came in the bottom of the 3rd when Shelley Duncan and Wes Hodges both had RBI singles. Freddy Dolsi and Wes Whisler would keep the Clippers off the scoreboard for the rest of the night.
Columbus welcomes the Syracuse Chiefs into Huntington Park for a Saturday night game that will feature the first ever fireworks display at Huntington Park. Jeanmar Gomez will start for the Clippers against the Chief's J.D. Martin. 1st pitch is slated for 7:05pm.
Akron Falls 8-7 In Extras
The Akron Aeros fell to the Binghamton Mets in the opening game of the seven game home stand Friday night at Canal Park 8-7. Aeros starting pitcher Ryan Edell was given a five run cushion going into the second inning after the Aeros offense came alive. Edell lasted a little more than three innings on Friday night against the Mets before the bullpen was called into the game. Edell allowed seven runs on nine hits, allowing two walks and striking out six Binghamton Mets. The Aeros fall five games under .500 with a record of 8-13 on the season after Friday