Game Recap 5/30: Clippers Win In Extras
For the second time in four games, the Columbus Clippers were walk-off winners in the 11th inning against the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, winning 4-3 on Sunday. Brian Buscher sealed the deal for Columbus, delivering a pinch-hit, RBI single to left in the bottom of the 11th to send the Clipper faithful home happy.
The Clippers completed a four-game sweep of Lehigh Valley at Huntington Park while winning seven of the eight meetings this season. The Ironpigs have yet to win a game at the Clippers new ballpark, and with Buscher's 25th RBI of the season, Lehigh Valley will have to wait until next year to break that streak.
For the fourth consecutive game, the Ironpigs struck first in the top of the first inning with one run, as Rich Thompson and Chris Duffy led the game off with doubles. Thompson later scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Cody Ransom.
The Clippers, as they have done all series against Lehigh Valley, fought back to take the lead as they scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jordan Brown walked then Chris Gimenez and Nick Weglarz followed with a single and a double, respectively. Each player scored in the inning. Weglarz continued his great series against Lehigh Valley going 1-for-2 with an RBI double and three walks. Weglarz has reached base safely in eight of his last nine at-bats, compiling four hits and four walks during that span.
The Clippers held their 3-1 lead until the sixth inning, when starting pitcher Yohan Pino gave up a two-run home run to Ransom, a shot that cleared the bleachers in left field. Andy Tracy scored on the home run as well after drawing a walk, his third of the game.
Pino pitched into the seventh inning but didn't finish, as he left a tie ball game after six-and-two-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out five. His opposition for Lehigh Valley was Joe Savery, who had a similar line as Pino's, going six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, but walked four in the no decision. Josh Judy earned his first win of the season going one inning of relief for Columbus.
The Clippers last five hitters in the lineup (Brown, Gimenez, Weglarz, Anderson Hernandez and Josh Rodriguez) had six of the team's seven hits before Buscher's game winner. Both teams went scoreless from the seventh until the 11th inning with good pitching and mistake-free defense, but Buscher capitalized on the lone mistake and the Clippers bumped their home winning streak to six games.
The Clippers are back in action tomorrow for a double header against the Louisville Bats. Game one will feature Justin Germano (0-1, 6.30 ERA) for Columbus and Chad Reineke (2-3, 2.81ERA) for Louisville. Game two will see Jeremy Sowers (1-1, 2.93 ERA) take the mound for the Clippers against Ben Jukich (1-3, 5.40 ERA) for the Bats.
B-Mets Recover Sunday, Beat Aeros 5-2
The Binghamton Mets defeated the Aeros 5-2 Sunday, just one night after the largest Akron comeback of the year at NYSEG Stadium. A pair of Nick Evans home runs powered the B-Mets offensive attack, and the Aeros could not muster enough firepower for a second late rally in as many nights. The win gave Binghamton (24-25) a 2-1 lead in the series over last-place Akron (20-30) with the finale coming Memorial Day Monday.
Lonnie Chisenhall helped the visitors got on the scoreboard first with a small ball approach in the top of the fourth inning. The Aeros designated hitter drew a one-out walk, the first base runner of the game against Binghamton starter Josh Stinson, and moved to second on a groundout. Right fielder Matt McBride then continued the frame while Beau Mill picked up the RBI with a single to right.
The Mets retaliated in the bottom of that fourth with Akron left-handed starter Eric Berger on the mound. The hot-hitting first baseman Evans singled to begin the rally, Eric Campbell advanced him to third with a double and second baseman Reese Havens drew a walk. After two straight outs, Berger then walked DH Jose Coronado to tie the ball game at 1-1. Evans then hit a first-pitch two-out homer in the fifth and Berger later escaped a bases loaded jam that inning with a force out.
Evans struck again with a two-run homer the seventh inning, and two batters later, Havens followed with a solo shot of his own to make it a 5-1 lead for Binghamton. Trailing by several runs entering the eighth yet again, the Aeros attempted to strike gold twice in the state of New York. Unfortunately, B-Mets reliever Roy Merritt was too dominant in the final two innings as his only blemish was a solo home run in the eighth to third baseman Jared Goedert.
Binghamton reliever Manuel Alvarez (1-0) earned the win after coming in for relief of pitch-count limited Stinson in the fifth. Berger (1-4) took his second straight loss in allowing the first two runs on seven hits in his five innings for Akron. Reliever Bryan Price also struggled after a solid sixth by breaking his nine-inning scoreless streak by permitting the monster Binghamton three-run burst.
The Aeros finished with five hits Sunday night after smashing six extra-base hits the night before. Goedert