Game Recap 5/1: Brown's 6 RBI Sparks Clippers
The Clippers greeted the Syracuse Chiefs rudely to Huntington Park Saturday night with a 13-2 drubbing in the series opener. Jordan Brown drove in a career-high 6 runs and went 2-4 with his 1st double of the season.
Jeanmar Gomez' outing may have gotten lost in the offensive explosion for Columbus, but the Venezuelan righty twirled a very effective outing, going six innings and allowing just two runs on six hits. Jeremy Sowers, Joe Smith and Saul Rivera each tossed a shutout inning of relief.
The Clippers got on the board early with an RBI single from Wes Hodges and Jordan Brown's 1st RBI of the contest from a sacrifice fly. The Chiefs got a solo home run from Chris Duncan, brother of Clipper Shelley Duncan to make it 2-1 but that is as close as the game would get. Columbus poured on four runs in both the 5th and 6th innings and scored three more times in the 7th.
The win moves the Clippers to 15-9 and gives them a 2-game lead in the West Division over Toledo. Game two of the series takes place Sunday afternoon at 1:05 with Yohan Pino on the hill for Columbus taking on The Chief's Colin Balester.
Akron Continues Losing Woes, Fall 11-5
The Akron Aeros fell to the Binghamton Mets in game two of their seven-game home stand Saturday afternoon in front of 1,963 fans at Canal Park. Aeros starting pitcher Scott Barnes started the game on fire as he set down the first nine batters before Lucas Duda connected with his fifth home run of the season. Barnes lasted 5.1 innings, which is his longest outing of the 2010 season. The Aeros losing streak has now reached four games.
The Aeros got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Tim Fedroff started the game off with a single and advanced to second base on a fielding error by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nick Weglarz singled to right-field which allowed Fedroff to score. Aeros 1B Beau Mills singled to right-field to allow Nick Weglarz to come around and cross the plate before Carlos Rivero flew out to Carlos Guzman to end the inning. The Aeros paced the Mets all game long before falling behind in the ninth inning.
Binghamton sealed the deal in the top of the ninth inning, as they were able to send five runners across the plate. Brahiam Maldonado and Carlos Guzman started the inning off with two straight singles before Kirk Nieuwenhuis sacrificed them to second and third. D.J. Wabick was brought into the game as a pinch hitter and was intentionally walked loading the bases. Lucas Duda singled to left field which allowed Maldonado to score. Zach Lutz then connects with a single up the middle allowing Guzman to score. Luis Hernandez came to the plate with bases loaded and connected with his second triple of the season allowing three more Mets to cross the plate leaving the Aeros down 11-5.
Aeros starter Scott Barnes made it through five innings on Saturday afternoon against the Mets. Edell gave up six hits and six runs while walking three and striking out four. Barnes is now 0-3 on the year with a 8.71 ERA through five starts with Akron. Barnes 20 runs in 20.2 innings of work this season.
The Aeros are back in action tomorrow afternoon where they look to put a stop to their four-game losing streak.
Salem Beats Kinston 5-1
A night after banging out 12 runs on a season high 19 hits; Salem stopped the Kinston bats in route to a 5-1 win Saturday night in Virginia. Great defense and timely pitching helped Salem limit Kinston to just two hits on the night.
Kinston starter Nick Hagadone was greeted rudely by his former teammates in the first inning. Hagadone, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox organization to Cleveland last year for Victor Martinez, walked three and gave up three singles in a three run frame. Hagadone (0-1) was taken out of the game with two outs in the bottom of the first. Hagadone gave up three earned runs, while striking out one batter. T.J. McFarland came in from the pen for the K-Tribe, settling things down with 6 1/3 innings of solid work. McFarland gave up six hits and just one earned run, on a home run by Salem