Game Recap 7/26: Clippers' Bats Remain Hot In Win
Luis Valbuena homered twice and Jordan Brown added another, plus another bases-loaded hit, as Columbus swept Pawtucket out of town, 11-7, in front a record-setting crowd of 12,517 Monday night at Huntington Park.
The Clippers jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning, including two on a Brown single, which made him 11-for-14 on the season with the bases loaded.
Valbuena's first home run came with two men aboard in the fourth. He followed that up with a two-run shot in the sixth, and Brown went yard two batters later. An RBI single in the eighth gave Brown four RBIs on the evening, one fewer than Valbuena's tally. Both players finished the series with eight RBIs, and they combined for 18 hits in the four games.
Pawtucket was able to hang around all night long, thanks to four home runs of their own. A three-run blast from Gustavo Molina in the top of the sixth cut their deficit to 7-6, but that is as close as they would get.
Justin Germano got the win for the Clippers, pitching into the sixth inning and getting help from four different relievers. In a non-save situation, Vinnie Pestano struck out the side in the ninth on Columbus' 64th win of the season and sent a huge dime-a-dog night crowd home happy.
The Clippers continue their homestand Tuesday night when they welcome in Buffalo for the first of four at 7:05. It will be the first meeting of the season for the Clippers and the Bisons.
Baysox Take Opener, Defeat Aeros 10-5
The Bowie Baysox out-slugged the Aeros Monday night, earning a 10-5 victory in the first game of a three-game series at Canal Park. Amidst 29 total hits, nine doubles, four errors and nine pitchers used in the three-hour and 21-minute marathon, the Baysox jumped an extra game in the tight Western Division wild card race. With the win in front of the downtown Akron crowd of 7,661 fans on Dollar Dog Monday, second-place Bowie improved to 56-47 this season with a two-game lead over the 53-48 Aeros.
Eastern League All-Star Paolo Espino struggled in the start for Akron and allowed Bowie to take an early lead in the third. A Tyler Henson RBI single scored Greg Miclat and the Baysox added two more runs in the top of the fourth on a double from Carlos Rojas.
Trailing 3-0, the Aeros responded in the bottom of the fourth as designated hitter Matt McBride and first baseman Beau Mills began the frame with back-to-back doubles. Right fielder Jerad Head then scored Mills with a single but Bowie continued to hammer Espino later that inning. Jonathan Tucker knocked him out of the game with a one-out RBI double while reliever Steven Wright permitted two more hits to increase the deficit to 6-2.
Akron third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall returned the favor against Baysox starting pitcher Chorye Spoone in the fifth. Center fielder Jordan Henry drew a leadoff walk and after an out, Chisenhall lined a homer to right, cutting the deficit in half to only two runs.
Unfortunately, the Bowie offense stayed hot with three runs all against Wright in the sixth highlighted by a two-run single from Tucker. Aeros second baseman Jason Kipnis made it a 9-5 game with a double to score catcher Damaso Espino in the bottom of that frame against reliever Ryohei Tanaka. Steven Lerud then added the evening