Game Recap 5/12: Captains Sweep, Wins Keep Coming
For the second time in the last four days the Lake County Captains swept a double header, this time from the Bowling Green Hot Rods winning game one 3-1 and game two 6-1.
In game one, the Captains scored three times in the bottom of the first inning after two were out when Bo Greenwell and Jeremie Tice both singled. Roberto Perez doubled home Greenwell and then Chun Chen tripled home Tice and Perez and the Captains led 3-0. The Hot Rods scored their run in the top of the fifth inning when Tyler Bortnick singled home Chris Murrill and it was 3-1.
Captains starter Danny Salazar did not get a decision working 3.2 scoreless innings allowing two hits, walking a season high four batters and striking out three. Matt Packer (2-1) got the win pitching 2.1 innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out two. Cory Burns threw a scoreless final inning striking out the side to get his league leading 11th save of the year.
Hot Rods starter Shane Dyer (2-2) took the loss working all six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and he struck out five.
In game two, The Captains scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Perez knocked in Casey Frawley (pictured) and it was 1-1. The lead did not last long as the Hot Rods got a solo home run from Ryan Wiegand to tie the game at 1-1. The Captains regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Tice doubled home Frawley and Argenis Martinez and the Captains lead 3-1. Frawley extended the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning hitting his first home run of the year, a three run blast, to give the Captains a 6-1 lead.
Captains starter Marty Popham (3-0) got the win pitching five innings and allowing one run on four hits, walking one and striking out three. Antwonie Hubbard pitched two scoreless innings the final two innings allowing a hit and striking out three.
Hot Rods starter Alex Koronis (2-2) took the loss working 2.1 innings allowing three runs on four hits walking two and striking out four
The Captains head to Fort Wayne to take on the Tin Caps on Thursday at 7:05 PM to begin a four game series. The Captains will have RHP Austin Adams (0-2, 4.24) on the mound to take on the Tins Caps (0-0, 0.00).
Clippers and Yankees Split Doubleheader
The Clippers split a double-header with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Wednesday evening with the Clippers winning the opener 4-3 and the Yankees taking the nightcap 5-3. Early runs made the difference in both contests.
In game one of the pair, the Clippers got out to a three run lead in the 1st inning thanks to a Yankees error, a Shelley Duncan RBI single and a Wes Hodges sacrifice fly. The Clippers would be held scoreless from then on until the 7th when Michael Brantley scored in insurance run on a Trevor Crowe sac fly. The insurance would pay off.
David Winfree hit a 2-run double off of Hector Rondon in the 3rd inning to bring the Yankees to within a run, but they would get no closer. Rondon left after the 3rd inning with forearm tightness.
Mike Gosling entered from the bullpen and did the Clippers a huge favor by throwing three near-perfect innings of relief, allowing no runs or hits while striking out four batters. Joe Smith allowed a run in the 9th on a bases-loaded wind pitch, but still nailed down the save in a 4-3 win.
Scranton flipped the script in the nightcap, scoring three times in their opening at-bat to give a 3-0 cushion to starter Kei Igawa. Jeremy Sowers, starting for the 1st time this season allowed 2 more runs in the 4th before making way for Jensen Lewis. Lewis, Jess Todd and Saul Rivera each threw scoreless innings for the Clippers.
Columbus made things interesting in the top of the 5th when Igawa loaded the bases on a single and two walks for Carlos Santana who cleared them off with a three run double to make it 5-3. Though the Clippers had chances after that, they would not be able to capitalize as Mark Melancon slammed the door with 2.1 scoreless innings of work, earning the victory.
The final game of the eight game road trip starts at 11:05 Thursday morning. Jeanmar Gomez gets the ball for Columbus, while the Yankees counter with Jason Hirsh.
Aeros Split Doubleheader
The Aeros split a doubleheader Wednesday morning in Erie, losing game one 5-2, but taking the second game 7-2. Nick Weglarz and Damaso Espino provided all the offense the Aeros would need in game two, as each hit a two run homer.
Lefty Scott Barnes was the loser in game one going four innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Right-hander Paolo Espino had a solid outing in game two and got the win after he went five innings and allowed one run on five hits, two walks and had three strikeouts.
The Aeros return home to face the Reading Phillies Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. In a battle of the southpaws, Eric Berger (0-1, 12.54 ERA) takes the mound for the home team against Yohan Flande (1-3, 2.80 ERA).
K-Tribe's Winning Streak Ends At Four
A two-out rally by the K-Tribe in the ninth inning fell a run short, as Myrtle Beach held on to beat Kinston 4-3 on Wednesday night in Myrtle Beach. The loss ends the Indians season-long four game winning streak.
The Pelicans struck for a run in the second inning off of K-Tribe starter Alex White. After a Matt Kennelly walk, Calvin Culver knocked him in with an RBI double down the left field line. Myrtle Beach would get to White for three more in the sixth inning. Kennelly reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a wild pitch before Culver came through again, this time with an RBI single to make it 2-0. The next batter, Jesus Sucre, lined a two-run home run into the first row of seats down the left field line to give the Pelicans a 4-0 lead.
White (1-3) gave up 4 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings, while walking 3 and striking out 3 in the loss.
Wild Pelicans pitching would turn into a run for Kinston in the seventh. Paul Clemens, making his Advanced-A debut after being called up from Low-A Rome on Monday, walked four K-Tribe batters and threw a wild pitch before being replaced by Van Pope with two out. Pope would then throw a wild pitch to score Karexon Sanchez and issue a fifth walk of the inning. However, Lucas Montero flew out to left with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Myrtle Beach starter J.J. Hoover (1-2) was dominant, pitching 6 innings of one-hit shutout ball to earn the win. He walked one and struck out seven.
The K-Tribe mounted a two-out rally in the ninth inning off of Angelo Paulino. Held to just one hit until that point, a first inning single by Jason Kipnis, Kinston's Kyle Bellows, Ronald Rivas, Lucas Montero and Jordan Henry hit four consecutive singles. Montero's and Henry's hits each scored a run to pull the Indians to within 4-3. The next batter, Roman Pena grounded into a fielder's choice to third to end the rally and the ballgame.
The teams will play the finale of the four-game set on Thursday night at 7:05. Left-hander T.J. House will be on the bump for Kinston.