Game Recap 7/5: Cook Delivers Captains Win
In his Lake County debut, Tim Palincsar delivered an RBI single to right field to score Kyle Smith giving the Captains a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. Lake County defeated Lansing 3-1, behind the strong pitching of Clayton Cook and Tyler Sturdevant.
The Lugnuts jumped out to an early lead in the first inning; Ryan Goins doubled to left and advanced to third on a balk by Cook. Yan Gomes hit a two out RBI single to score Goins and give Lansing a 1-0 edge.
Roberto Perez led off the fifth inning with a double ripped down the left field line. Kyle Smith stepped up and sent a ball deep to left center over Kenny Wilson to score Perez with a double.
The Captains up 2-1, added some insurance in the seventh following a Trent Baker leadoff double. Baker advanced to third with some heads up base running on a ball that got away from the catcher Gomes. Chris Kersten drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield making it 3-1.
Clayton Cook (4-4) was impressive tossing six strong innings allowing just one run on three hits, walking three and striking out three for the win. Sturdevant picked up his second save of the year. He pitched the final three innings not allowing a run, giving up just one hit, walking two and striking out a season high six. Sturdevant closed the game striking out the final five hitters he faced. Dave Sever (2-5) suffered the loss allowing two runs on six hits over 5.1 innings, walking two and striking out five.
Lake County and Lansing will wrap up their series on Tuesday night at 7:05PM from Cooley Law School Stadium. The Captains will start LHP Matt Packer (6-4) matched up against RHP Ryan Tepera (7-3) for the Lugnuts.
Streak hits seven in comeback win, 5-4
The Clippers continued their winning ways Monday night in dramatic fashion, getting a two-run double from Jared Goedert in the ninth inning to come from behind and sweep the Toledo portion of a two-city, five-game series with the Mud Hens, 5-4.
Goedert's hit plated Cord Phelps (who walked to lead off the frame) and Jose Constanza (who singled). It was the first blown save of the year for Jay Sborz of the Mud Hens and made a winner out of reliever Jensen Lewis (2-0).
Vinnie Pestano worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the year, giving Columbus a seven-game winning streak and a nine-game lead in the International League West.
The Clippers scored twice in the second inning, getting a Nick Weglarz inside-the-park home run in the process. Cord Phelps also doubled home Lou Marson. After falling behind 3-2, the Clippers tied things up in the fourth, when Constanza's infield single scored Marson.
Carlos Carrasco was responsible for all four Toledo runs, lasting five innings before a solid bullpen helped bail him out.
The Mud Hens, trying to shake a 10-game losing streak, turned to picking their lineup out of a hat, but it was to no avail, and now they'll try to stop an 11-game streak Tuesday night at Huntington Park.
Alfredo Figaro (6-6, 4.59) will get the ball against Columbus' Jeanmar Gomez (6-7, 5.26), with a first pitch set for 7:05.
Aeros Score Seven Runs in Seventh, Win 9-3
A crucial seven-run seventh inning powered the Akron offense Monday night at Canal Park as the Aeros defeated the visiting Trenton Thunder 9-3 in the first game of a four-game series. A rowdy crowd of 6,859 enjoyed Dollar Dogs in downtown Akron and witnessed the Aeros storm back in the seventh with a season-high tying offensive burst. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and designated hitter John Drennen each had productive nights while Alex White delivered yet another quality start as Akron improved to 41-42 on the season and the Eastern Division-leading Thunder fell to 51-32.
Chisenhall helped the host Aeros score early against Trenton starting pitcher Andrew Brackman. After the 6