Game Recap 5/9: Captains Sweep Their Nemesis In Doubleheader
The Lake County Captains distanced themselves for the second place Great Lakes Loons with a double header sweep on Sunday winning game one 5-4 and game two 5-4. With the sweep the Captains are now 3.5 games ahead in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.
In game one, the Captains scored twice in the top of the first inning when Delvi Cid singled and Bo Greenwell walked. Two batters later, Casey Frawley doubled home both runners and it was 2-0. The Loons cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first inning when Blake Smith doubled home Christian Lara and it was 2-1. The game was tied at 2-2- in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI single by Lara. The Loons took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Rafael Ynoa knocked in two runs with a bases loaded single and it was 4-2. The Captains got a run back in the top of the sixth inning when Roberto Perez hit his first home run of the year to cut the lead to 4-3. The Captains scored twice in the top of the seventh inning courtesy of two Loons errors and took the lead for good.
Captains starter Trey Haley did not get a decision working 4.2 innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits, walking four and striking out five. Antwonie Hubbard (1-0) got the win pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and Cory Burns got the final two outs to record his league leading 10th save of the year.
Loons starter Allen Webster (4-2) took the loss six innings and allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits, walking one and striking five.
In game two, the Captains struck in the first inning when Jeremie Tice singled Bo Greenwell to third and Greenwell scored when the throw to third was wild and it was 1-0. The Captains made it 2-0 n the top of the third inning when Frawley led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Argenis Martinez. Martinez came through again in the top of the fifth inning driving home Delvi Cid and Frawley and the Captains led 4-0. The Loons scored a run in the bottom of the fifth when J.T. Wise doubled and scored on a single by Brian Ruggiano to make it 4-1. The Loons tied it up at 4-4 in bottom of the sixth inning when they collected three hits and the Captains committed three errors. The Captain took the lead as Jeremie Tice singled home Cid in the top of the ninth inning with the go ahead run.
Captains starter Clayton Cook got a no decision win pitching six innings and allowing four runs, three earned n eight hits and striking out three. Nick Sarianides (3-0) pitched the final three innings to record his third win of the year.
Loons starter Will Savage took a no decision as well working six innings allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits while striking out three. Steve Smith gave up the run in the ninth inning and took the loss.
The Captains play host to the Bowling Green Hot Rods for a three game series beginning on Monday at 6:30 PM. The Captains have yet to decide on a starter while the Hot Rods will go with RHP Alexander Colome (1-2, 2.41).
Clippers beat IronPigs 4-3 in extras
Windy, cold weather was on display at Coca-Cola Park again for the series finale. When it was all said and done, the Columbus Clippers blew out of town with a 3-1 series victory thanks to a 4-3 extra-innings win in the final game against Lehigh Valley.
On a Mother's Day afternoon, the Clippers grabbed a 2-0 lead against the IronPigs in the 4th inning on RBI hits from Jordan Brown and Chris Gimenez, but the Pigs battled back to tie it with single runs in the 4th and 5th innings.
The Clippers broke the deadlock in the top of the 7th inning when Wes Hodges drove home Jason Donald with a double off of the right field wall.
Carlos Carrasco authored six strong innings of work and Jensen Lewis entered the game for his 2010 Clippers debut and tossed 2 scoreless innings. Saul Rivera entered in the 9th inning looking for his 5th save, but allowed a run to tie the score at 3-3.
In the 10th inning, Shelley Duncan lead off with a double and scored the winning run on a Jerad Head fielder's choice with Head narrowly beating out the relay for what would have been an inning-ending double play. Rivera finished off the Pigs with a perfect 10th for the win.
The Clippers say goodbye to Allentown and hello to Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA as they take on the Yankees. Josh Tomlin will toss for Columbus against the Yanks' Zach McAllister.
Akron Falls To Phillies
Reading used a four-run bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Akron Aeros on Sunday by a score of 5-2 on Mother's Day at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Starter Zach Putnam was solid going five innings and allowed one run on eight hits, no walks and had four strikeouts. Reliever Omar Aguilar come on in relief and was very good going two shutout-hitless-walkless innings while striking out four batters.
With the R-Phils down by a score of 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, they mounted their assault on the Aeros bullpen. Akron reliever Neil Wagner (1-1, 6.28) started the eighth frame by fanning catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. Next batter Domonic Brown singled, and later reached second on a passed ball. Two batters later, Kevin Mahar walked, and the R-Phils were in business with Stavisky at the dish. Now, with two on, and two-out, Stavisky lined a double down the third base line, plating both Brown and Mahar to give the R-Phils the 3-2 lead. Reading went on to add two more runs in the frame, and held on for the three-run victory.
Akron opens up a four game series in Erie on Monday night. The starter has yet to be announced, but it is expected to be left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz who was just called up from Kinston this weekend.
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