Game Recap 8/17: Carrasco On His A-Game
Things in Columbus were moving just a bit too fast for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday night, as the speedy top of the Clippers lineup and ace Carlos Carrasco led the hosts to a 5-1 victory at Huntington Park.
The first three Clippers reached base in the first inning, with Jose Constanza, who singled, scoring on a double from Ezequiel Carrera, who then scored on a double from Cord Phelps.
After the Yankees got on the board with an unearned run in the second, the Columbus speed took over again in the third. Constanza walked, stole a base and then scored on an error after Carrera singled. Carrera later scored on a Jared Goedert single. The stolen base for Constanza (his second on the night) tied him for the league lead with 32.
On the night, Constanza and Carrera reached base a total of six times, accounting for five of the team's 12 hits. Columbus added an insurance run in the eighth, when Drew Sutton doubled home Jordan Brown, who returned to the team Tuesday from Cleveland.
Carrasco (10-5) went seven innings to earn the victory, striking out six while scattering five hits and walking none. Josh Judy and Vinnie Pestano closed out the victory, with each tossing a perfect frame.
Game two of the four-game set gets going Wednesday night at 7:05, with lefty David Huff (7-0, 3.75) starting for Columbus, opposite right-hander Ivan Nova (11-3, 2.93).
Aeros Split Doubleheader
The Aeros split two games with the Reading Phillies Tuesday night after winning the opening continuation game 8-7, while dropping the second game 9-7 in front of 6,783 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The continuation game was originally started on July 25th, while the second game was rescheduled for seven innings. Akron now stands at 63-58 while Reading stands at 58-62.
The continuation game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth with the score tied 5-5 when rain halted play. Center fielder Jordan Henry began the game on a strong note as he doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first. Akron continued to pounce on Phillies starter Ty Taubenheim in the second, taking a 2-0 lead on an RBI single from left fielder John Drennen. Right fielder Jerad Head followed with a two-run homer to right on his first pitch. Reading responded as Kevin Mahar provided a solo home run with one out against left starter Kelvin De La Cruz. A bases loaded walk to Matt Rizzotti in the third then made the score 4-2. Akron added their final run on a single from second baseman Jason Kipnis in the fourth. De La Cruz left the game in the fourth after a pair of runs scored to tie the game before the rains came.
Reading resumed action tonight adding two more runs in the inning when Tagg Bozied hit a two RBI double. The Aeros responded when Head, who joined the team from Class AAA Columbus today, hit a three-run home run to take the lead 8-7.
Right-handed pitcher Rob Bryson earned his first win, and only decision, of the season with 2.2 innings pitched, two hits allowed, and three strikeouts. Southpaw Sergio Escalona (2-7) took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on Head