Game Recap 5/25: Haley Fires Captains To 1-0 Win
Greg Folgia fired a strike to Roberto Perez to gun down the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth and the Lake County Captains shut out the Dayton Dragon 1-0 on Tuesday. The Captains collected only two hits in the game.
The Captains manufactured the lone run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Delvi Cid singled and went to second when the left fielder bobbled the ball. Bo Greenwell grounded out with Cid taking third and he would score on a ground out by Casey Frawley and the Captains led 1-0. The run was unearned.
Captains starter Trey Haley (4-0) got the win working six scoreless innings allowing three hits, walking one and striking out five. Francisco Jimenez came on in the seventh inning and threw 1.1 scoreless innings allowing a hit and walking a batter. Preston Guilmet finished the game pitching the final 1.2 innings allowing three hits and striking out one to register his third save of the year.
Silver Hawks starter Justin Walker (1-6) took the loss working six innings allowing one run on one hit, walking one and striking out six.
The Captains and Dragons play game two of the three game series on Wednesday at 6:30 PM with the Captains RHP Clayton Cook (1-3, 4.69) on the mound against the Dragons RHP Jacob Johnson (0-4, 5.79).
Clippers fall short in finale
The Clippers wrapped up their eight-game road trip with an afternoon contest against the Charlotte Knights and when the dust settled, the Knights came away on the high side of a 5-3 score to take three out of four in the series.
Both teams played like they had appointments, swinging early and pitching quickly throughout most of the ballgame. Charlotte scored a pair of runs in the 2nd inning against Clippers starter Justin Germano on a solo home run by Josh Kroeger and an RBI ground out from C.J. Retherford. Germano and Knights starter Carlos Torres battled scoreless frames outside of that hiccup into the bottom of the 5th inning when Donnie Lucy hit a solo bomb for a 3-0 Kinghts advantage.
Carlos Santana started off the top of the 6th inning with his 10th homer of the year, a solo shot to make it 3-1, but Charlotte would answer in the bottom half of the inning. The Knights scored 2 runs in the frame, chasing Germano and sporting a 5-1 lead.
Columbus scored an unearned run in the 7th to get a run closer and get into the Charlotte bullpen. Wes Hodges blasted his5th home run of the season in the top of the 8th to bring the Clippers to within a 5-3 score. They would get no closer. The Knights bullpen would shutout the Clippers in the final frame to preserve the win.
The Clippers head into an off day on Wednesday and will resume play Thursday at Huntington Park with a series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Aeros Fall to Curve Again, Lose 5-3
The first-place Altoona Curve won Tuesday for the seventh consecutive contest and defeated the Aeros 5-3 in front of 2,020 fans at Canal Park. The loss was yet another for Akron at home this season while the Curve continued their recent mastery of the defending Eastern League Champions. Despite the continuation of a pair of long hitting streak for Akron batters, the Aeros dropped to 18-27 on the season while Altoona improved to 29-16.
The Curve scored first against Akron starting pitcher Eric Berger with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. EL batting leader Alex Presley started the frame with an infield single and catcher Hector Gimenez followed promptly with a two-run homer to left field. Akron