Game Recap 6/17: K-Tribe Split Double Header
The K-Tribe split a double header with Lynchburg, dropping game one 2-0 and coming back with an 8-1 win in game two Thursday night in Virginia. With the win, Kinston takes the series from Lynchburg.
Kinston's bats broke out in game two, starting with a three-run home run for Karexon Sanchez in the top of the third inning. It was the second home run of the series for Sanchez and his team leading sixth homer of the season. The shot gave Kinston a 3-1 lead. The Indians would put the game away by scoring five runs in the top of the fifth. Kinston batted around as Tim Palincsar, Doug Pickens and Ronald Rivas each added RBI's. Kinston managed five hits in the inning. Kinston ended up with 13 hits on the night, as every K-Triber in the line-up had at least one hit. Joey Mahalic was terrific on the mound, giving up just one run on four hits in six innings. Mahalic (2-1) picks up the win, striking out a season high six batters and giving up no walks. Travis Turek came in from the pen to finish out the game for Kinston.
Kinston ace T.J. McFarland gave up just two hits, but it wasn't enough as Kinston was shut out 2-0 in game one against Lynchburg. McFarland lowered his Carolina League leading ERA to 1.98, giving up two unearned runs while striking out a season high eight batters. The bad luck started for McFarland in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs and nobody on, Miguel Rojas hit a grounder to Kinston shortstop Ronald Rivas; Rivas fielded cleanly but threw low to first base. Rojas reached as Rivas was charged with an error. The Hillcats Cody Puckett then stepped up and hit his ninth home run of the season. McFarland (7-2) stays tied for the most wins in the Carolina League, saddled with his second loss of the season. Lynchburg got a great performance out of their starter as 2008 Major League All Star Edinson Volquez made a rehab start for the Hillcats. Volquez, who had elbow surgery last season, allowed just one infield hit in five innings of work. Volquez (1-0) struck out four, hit a batter and did not give up a walk. Sean Watson and Donnie Joseph each pitched a scoreless inning from the pen to preserve the win.
PawSox top Clippers in 11
With the World Cup in full gear, the Clippers and the Pawtucket Red Sox did their part to play along in the opener of a four game set Thursday night at McCoy Stadium, needing extra time with a bases-loaded single from Dusty Brown giving the PawSox a 1-nil victory.
Scoreless into the bottom of the 11th, the Clippers opted to intentionally walk Josh Reddick, who had three hits on the night, to load the bases for Brown, who had struck out four times. Brown promptly played hero, lining a two-out full-count pitch to left for a clean single.
Justin Germano (2-2) took the loss for Columbus, while Robert Manuel (4-1) got the win in Manager Torey Lovullo's first game against his former team.
Yohan Pino threw six scoreless innings, scattering six hits and striking out six for Columbus. Randor Bierd was almost equally effective on the other side, throwing five scoreless innings of his own. For the Clippers, Jess Todd, Josh Judy and Vinnie Pestano combined for four scoreless innings of relief.
Offensively, the Clippers could only muster five hits, with Jordan Brown providing two of them.
Aeros Bullpen Implodes In 9-6 Loss
The host New Hampshire Fisher Cats rallied for five runs in a deciding eighth inning against the Aeros bullpen Thursday night for a 9-6 victory in the rubber match of a three-game series at Merchantsauto.com Stadium. It was a rare mishap for the Akron bullpen, which entered the game with a 3.70 ERA this year, and the entire pitching staff allowed 10 walks and seven hits in front of the crowd of 5,437 fans. The Aeros lost their first series since May 24-27 against Altoona in falling back down to .500 at 33-33 overall and second-place New Hampshire improved to 41-26.
After a quiet start, the Fisher Cats struck in the third and fourth third innings against Akron starting pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz. Callix Crabbe recorded the RBI in the third a groundout while Al Quintana had a run-scoring single in the fourth to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
The Aeros offense responded with a bang in the top of the fifth as Cristo Arnal reached first on a bunt single to start the rally. Catcher Damaso Espino followed on the next pitch against New Hampshire