Game Recap 5/29: Nuno, Adams Combine For Two-Hitter
Vidal Nuno and Austin Adams combined to two-hit Great Lakes, en route to a 2-0 win. The no hit bid was broken up with two outs in the eighth inning when Jaime Ortiz singled off of Adams.
Lake County got on the scoreboard, in the fifth inning, when Kyle Smith collected his second single of the game to reach. Adam Abraham reached on a Josh Wall error putting runners on the corners. Argenis Martinez singled past the diving glove of Jerry Sands into right field giving the Captains a 1-0 lead. Martinez with runners on first and third would attempt to steal second, drawing a throw and getting caught in a rundown allowing Abraham to score to make it 2-0.
Vidal Nuno (0-1) showed up four hours before game time to find out he was making the start. Nuno was up for the occasion tossing four innings of hitless baseball striking out seven, the only hitter to reach off Nuno was Lenell McGee when he was hit by a pitch. Austin Adams (2-2) picked up the win throwing five scoreless innings allowing just two base hits and striking out seven. Josh Wall (0-3) was just as good but suffered the loss going seven innings allowing just two unearned runs on five hits, while striking out a career high eleven.
The Captains and the Loons will continue the four game series with a Sunday afternoon contest at 3:05PM from Dow Diamond. Trey Haley (4-0) will start for Lake County and will be matched up against Allen Webster (5-3) for Great Lakes.
Clippers down Lehigh Valley, 7-5
The Columbus Clippers defeated the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, 7-5 for the Clippers' third straight win to start the home stand. Nick Weglarz continued to succeed against Ironpig pitching, going 3-for-3 and reaching base four times while driving in one.
The Ironpigs started the scoring early with a leadoff home run on the second pitch of the game off the bat of Rich Thompson, his first of the season. The Clippers were able to regain the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Anderson Hernandez dropped a double into shallow center field, driving in Weglarz and Brian Buscher.
Michael Brantley etched his name into the home run column in the bottom of the third inning when he hit his first homer of the season, a long drive to right field giving the Clippers a 3-1 lead. Lehigh Valley wasted no time tying the game up in the top of the fourth as Chris Duffy drove home John Mayberry on a sacrifice fly to right field and Neil Sellers drove home Andy Tracy on an RBI double to left.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Clippers took the lead for good as Wes Hodges, Jordan Brown and Weglarz all drove in runs. The sixth inning saw a golden opportunity for Columbus fade away as Carlos Santana came up with the bases loaded and one out, but hit into a double play to end the inning. Brown followed his fifth inning performance up with his first home run of the season to deep right field in the seventh, driving in his seventh run in his last two games.
Tracy brought the Ironpigs closer with his third home run of the series in the top of the eighth inning, a home run that ended up getting manager, Mike Sarbaugh ejected for arguing a call that was reversed from a foul ball.
Columbus continued to hit the baseball well, compiling 12 hits and giving starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez plenty of run support. Gomez pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and struck out five batters in the win, improving his record to 3-5 on the year.
The Clippers conclude their series with Lehigh Valley tomorrow at 5:05 p.m. at Huntington Park looking for a sweep. Columbus has never lost a game to Lehigh Valley at Huntington Park and Yohan Pino (5-2, 4.71 ERA) will try to keep that streak alive, as he goes against Lehigh Valley starter, Joe Savery (1-4, 4.40 ERA).
Aeros Rally Late, Grab 11-10 Win over Binghamton
The Aeros offense woke up in exciting fashion Saturday night by delivering a thrilling 11-10 win over the Binghamton Mets before 4,173 fans. Those who stayed for the nearly four hour offensive explosion at NYSEG Stadium witnessed the largest Akron comeback of the year. The team trailed by six runs entering the eighth inning, negating a five-unearned run rally in the fifth for Binghamton. The win improved the Aeros to 20-29 on the year while the Mets dropped to 23-25.
Binghamton began the scoring on an RBI double by D.J. Wabick in the first while Akron DH Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first home run of the season to tie the game a 1-1 in the fourth. The hosts then knocked out Aeros starter Steven Wright in the bottom of that frame before scoring a pair more in the fifth in taking a brief three-run lead. Aeros third baseman Jared Goedert then returned the favor in the next frame with a first-pitch two-run homer to left center, making the score 4-3.
A pair of Akron defensive mistakes then gave Binghamton an intimidating 9-3 advantage after six innings. Shortstop Carlos Rivero committed a fielding error while a single and a walk helped to load the bases with just one out. Mets left fielder Eric Campbell then hit a routine grounder up the middle to reliever Connor Graham, but the right-hander promptly threw the ball into the outfield. The second error brought home a pair of runs while three straight RBI hits finished the monster rally.
The teams then exchanged single runs in the next two at bats and the Aeros still trailed by six runs at 10-4 with two innings left. Akron