Game Recap 8/19: Seastrunk Fuels Win
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers won game one of a three-game series against the Batavia Muckdogs 4-2 tonight at Eastwood Field.
Diego Seastrunk hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Scrappers trailing 2-0. His home run proved to be the turning point as the Scrappers won their second straight game.
Matt North allowed the Seastrunk home run and suffered his second loss of the 2010 season.
Mike Rayl picked up his first win of the season pitching six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out six. Rayl has now pitched through the sixth inning twice this season.
Clayton Ehlert worked a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth save.
The Muckdogs got on the board first off of Rayl in the top of the second inning when Adam Melker hit a two-RBI single into left field to make it 2-0.
The Scrappers threatened in the bottom of the third and fifth innings putting runners on in both frames, but Muckdog starter Zach Russell was able to get out of trouble and preserve the 2-0 lead.
Russell was replaced by North in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Scrappers again threatened. Back-to-back singles to start the inning by Chase Burnette and Jesus Aguilar brought the go ahead run to the plate in the presence of Seastrunk. With a 0-1 count, Seastrunk hit a three-run home run to right field to give the Scrappers a 3-2 lead.
Mahoning Valley added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Brian Heere RBI double that scored Seastrunk to make it 4-2.
The two-run lead was enough for Ehlert, who worked a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the save.
Yankees get to Huff early, rout Clippers
David Huff had been given eight runs-per-game of support during his 7-0 campaign as a Clipper, but he didn't get any help Wednesday night at Huntington Park, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees routed Columbus, 9-2.
The Yankees got to Huff early with three runs in the opening inning. With two outs in the frame, Jesus Montero hit a mile-high pop-up that carried into right field and was initially called a foul ball, but the call was overturned and ruled a home run off of the foul pole. After that, Huff surrendered two singles, hit a batter and then gave up a two-run double, before recording the final out.
The Yankees picked up a single run in the third, added three in the seventh, after Huff had departed, and picked up two more in the eighth on a colossal home run from Juan Miranda that cleared the scoreboard in right-center.
The lone run for the Clippers came in the seventh, when Jose Constanza singled home Matt McBride. The run was charged to Ivan Nova (12-3), who allowed five hits and struck out seven in six-and-two-thirds innings.
Luke Carlin added his third Triple-A home run of the season in the ninth to cap the scoring.
The Columbus loss, coupled with a dramatic grand slam, walk-off win for Louisville, cuts the division lead to a game-and-a-half for the Clippers.
Reading Pulls Out 3-2 Win in 10 Over Aeros
The Aeros took the Phillies into extra innings Wednesday night, but could not pull out the win as they dropped a 3-2 decision on the road. Both starting pitchers allowed two-run home runs, but remained solid otherwise in front of the 6,001 in attendance at FirstEnergy Stadium. Akron fell to 63-59 while Reading improved to 59-62.
The scoring began in the top of the fourth inning when designated hitter Jerad Head extended his hit streak to 16 games with a two-run home run over the left field fence, scoring second baseman Jason Kipnis, who reached on a walk.
The R-Phils tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Spidale singled to left field and Tagg Bozied hit his third home run of the series to even the score 2-2. After three shutout innings by both teams, Reading scored the deciding run when John Suomi scored after a fielding error by first baseman Beau Mills and a throwing error by Kipnis.