Game Recap 6/11: LaPorta Keeps Mashing
On the same day when the hype around Columbus was the call up of Carlos Santana to Cleveland, the Clippers made their fair share of noise at Huntington Park, but fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 7-6. Both teams used the long ball to their advantage, each hitting three home runs in the game.
After a 27 minute rain delay, Yancarlos Ortiz began his Triple-A career with a home run in the top of the first inning, a deep shot right field off of Columbus starter, Yohan Pino. Jordan Brown wasted no time in the bottom of the first, tying the game with his second home run of the season.
In the second inning, the third home run of the night was off the bat of Brock Peterson, his 10th of the year, a deep two-run shot to left field giving Rochester a 3-1 lead. Jared Goedert drove in his first run as a Clipper in the bottom of the second inning, a double to right-center driving in Chris Gimenez.
Matt LaPorta tied the game in the bottom of the third after hitting his fifth home run in three games against Rochester. LaPorta is now tied for second on the team with Wes Hodges in the home run department.
Jason Repko gave the Red Wings the lead in the top of the fifth, hitting his sixth home run of the season, a two run shot to left field. The Red Wings extended their lead in the inning after Martin drove in Brian Dinkelman on an RBI double. The Red Wings were able to chase Yohan Pino in the sixth inning after two consecutive hits to lead off the inning. Pino ended the night pitching five innings, giving up 11 hits and was tagged for seven earned runs. Ortiz was able to drive in his second run of the game against Joe Smith, driving in Macri, but Brown saved another run from scoring as he threw out Peterson at home to end the inning, but Columbus still trailed, 7-4.
Jared Goedert hit his first home run as a Clipper to bring Columbus within one, a two-run shot in the sixth making the score, 7-6, but that was all Columbus could muster up against Rochester, losing the series, three games to one.
Tomorrow, the Clippers begin a four game series with the Norfolk Tides at 7:05 p.m. Josh Tomlin (5-2, 2.89 ERA) will take the mound against Tide left-hander, Troy Patton (4-7, 5.13 ERA).
Aeros Tie Franchise Record with 4-3 Victory
The comeback kids did it again Friday night as the Aeros defeated the Portland Sea Dogs 4-3 in front of a rowdy crowd of 5,970 fans at Canal Park. Akron rallied late in scoring single runs in each of the final four innings to tie an all-time franchise record. The win was the 11th consecutive for the Aeros dating back to May 31st, tying a mark set by the Aeros in June of the 2002 season. Catcher Damaso Espino delivered the game-winning single in the eighth and ended the contest with a caught stealing in the ninth. The Aeros (31-30) remain in a tie for second place in the Western Division of the Eastern League while the loss was just the fourth in 12 games for the Sea Dogs (32-28).
Portland jumped out early on Akron left-handed starter Kelvin De La Cruz in the very first inning. Three walks and a fielding error made it 1-0 and first baseman Anthony Rizzo plated the second run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to center. Left fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang followed with a run-scoring single to give the Sea Dogs the quick three-run edge.
The Aeros began their rally by finally manufacturing a run against Portland