Game Recap 6/26: Pack Attack Delivers Win For Captains
Matt Packer threw eight scoreless innings and Roberto Perez had four hits to lead the Lake County Captains to a 5-0 shutout over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday. The Captains have thrown four shutouts this season and are off to a 2-0 start in the second half of the season.
Jeremie Tice led off the top of the fourth inning with a double and three batters later Adam Abraham doubled him home to give the Captains a 1-0 lead. Abraham ended the night with three hits. The Captains added a run in the top of the seventh inning when Jason Smit hit a solo home run, his fifth homer of the year, and the Captains led 2-0. The Captains added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning when Roberto Perez scored on a throwing error and Greg Folgia scored on a sacrifice fly by Delvi Cid and the lead was 4-0. Perez collected his fourth hit in the top of the ninth inning when he doubled home Tice to end the scoring at 5-0.
Captains starter Matt Packer (6-3) got the win pitching a career high eight scoreless innings allowing five hits, walking one, hitting two and striking out a career high nine batters. Jose Flores pitched a scoreless ninth inning allowing a hit. The Captains defense turned three double plays.
Whitecaps starter Trevor Feeney (6-7) took the loss working six innings allowing one run on eight hits, walking one and striking out five.
The Captains and Whitecaps will wrap up the three game series on Sunday at 1:00 PM with the Captains sending RHP Brett Brach (0-3, 4.03) to the hill to oppose RHP Ramon LeBron (4-4, 6.31).
Huge first inning propels Clippers
One inning was all Columbus really needed to extend their winning streak to five games, taking game two of a four-game set against the Gwinnett Braves, 8-2, Saturday night in front of more than 10,000 at Huntington Park.
After falling behind 1-0, the Clippers responded with a seven-run opening frame. The big inning featured two-run singles from both Jordan Brown and Wes Hodges, an RBI double from Cord Phelps and a two-run double from Michael Brantley (his second hit of the inning).
Columbus added another run in the third, when Lou Marson went deep, hitting his second home run as a Clipper in 2010 on his 24th birthday.
In all, it was plenty of run support for Jeanmar Gomez, who allowed two runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts over six innings of work, improving to 5-7 on the year.
After a rough first inning, Tim Gustafson faced just one batter in the second inning before departing, and fell to 7-5 with the loss.
Carlton Smith and Jess Todd pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the Clippers. The game was delayed briefly in the bottom of the eighth because of lightning in the area.
The Clippers are now a season-best 16 games over the .500 mark and are back at it Sunday afternoon, with Columbus' Yohan Pino (7-3, 4.65 ERA) getting the ball for a 5:05 first pitch.
Binghamton Bats Explode in 11-6 Win
The Binghamton Mets offense hammered the Aeros pitching staff again Saturday night, winning by the final score of 11-6 at Canal Park. Each team collected 14 hits in front of the 4,324 fans in attendance, but the B-Mets capitalized on monster nights from first baseman Nick Evans and right fielder Raul Reyes. Akron (36-38) has now lost eight of their past 12 contests to fall 2.5 games behind the Bowie Baysox for second place in the Western Division while the streaking Mets (38-36) have won eight of 10.
The night started off well for the Aeros as the team had a monster bottom of the first inning against Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon. It was the Double-A debut for the young lefty and he made a crucial mistake in allowing a two-out Matt McBride RBI double to left-center. Right fielder John Drennen followed with a run-scoring single and shortly after, designated hitter Jerad Head gave the hosts the quick 3-0 lead with a liner to left.
Akron starter Scott Barnes could not maintain the advantage as the Mets attacked in the top of the third. Reyes smacked a one-out two-run homer to right while a Jason Kipnis error at second prolonged the frame. Binghamton collected six hits quickly and after the rally was finally over, the three-run edge turned into a 6-3 deficit for the Aeros.
Reyes began the fourth inning with his second home run of the night and the team then added two more runs against Barnes in the fifth. The Mets extended the lead to 10-3 in the next inning on a solo shot by Evans, his team-leading 13th homer of the season.
Cohoon cruised until the sixth where he faced trouble with one out in the frame as Drennen, shortstop Josh Rodriguez and Head loaded the bases with three consecutive singles. Tim Fedroff then struck out looking for Cohoon