Game Recap 5/18: Smit Comes Up Big Again
Jason Smit provided the late night heroics once again on Tuesday night. With the game tied at two a piece, Smit skied a ball deep down the leftfield line, clearing the wall for his second of the season and a 3-2 lead in the eighth. The Captains went on to win 5-2 over the White Caps.
Casey Frawley started the scoring, hitting a solo homerun in the top of third putting Lake County in front 1-0.
West Michigan took the lead in the sixth inning; a one out double from Mike Gosse, followed by a single by Wade Gaynor put runners on the corners. Avisail Garcia ripped a triple down the right field line scoring both runners and the White Caps went up 2-1.
The Captains tied the game at two in the seventh inning when Frawley, who reached on a single, scored when Jeremie Tice reached on an error.
Lake County added some insurance in the ninth when Adam Abraham doubled in Bo Greenwell. Smit scored Abraham on a double that gave the Captains a 5-2 edge.
Danny Salazar settled with a no decision pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four. Francisco Jimenez (5-1) picked up the win allowing two runs on three hits in 2.2 innings. Preston Guilmet faced four batters in 1.1 of work for the save, his second of season, and struck out the side in the ninth to seal it.
The Captains and White Caps will resume their series with the middle game Wednesday morning, with first pitch at 11:00AM. On the mound for Lake County will be RHP Austin Adams (2-3), matched up with West Michigan starter LHP Giovonni Soto (1-2).
Gomez Struggles, Clippers Lose
The Columbus Clippers fell to the Gwinnett Braves 5-4 on Tuesday night. A four run fifth inning for Gwinnett was the difference in the game, and the loss drops the Clippers to 24-16 on the season with a two game lead in the International League's West Division.
Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez got the starting nod and once again he struggled with his command and was unable to put forth a quality outing. Gomez pitched four shutout innings before unravelling in the fifth inning where he gave up four runs and then his night ended in the sixth whem he allowed his fifth and final run. He finished the night going 5.2 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits, one walk and did not record a strikeout. Frank Herrmann was excellent in relief again going 1.1 shutout-hitless innings of work with no walks and a strikeout, and Jeremy Sowers a scoreless final inning.
The Clippers piled up ten hits and had three walks, but were only able to scrape together four runs. Shortstop Brian Bixler led the way going 3-for-5 with an RBI, and outfielder Shelley Duncan chipped in going 2-for-4.
Right-hander Yohan Pino gets the starting nod on Wednesday for the Clippers. Game time is 7:00pm.
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