Game Recap 8/3: Espino Impresses In AAA Debut
The Columbus Clippers returned home to Huntington Park and dropped their second consecutive extra-inning affair to the Louisville Bats on Tuesday night, 4-3 as Chris Dickerson delivered the go-ahead hit in the twelfth inning off of Carlton Smith.
The Bats loaded the bases in the twelfth as Danny Dorn and Corky Miller reached base to begin the frame. After a sacrifice bunt by Michael Griffin and a walk to Drew Sutton, Dickerson capped off a great night with his third, and most important, hit of the night to left field.
Dickerson put Columbus in an early hole as he led off the game with his third home run of the year to right field off of Paolo Espino. The Bats would tack on another run in the third as Drew Sutton scored on a groundout by Zach Cozart.
The Clippers rallied in the fourth inning with help from Jerad Head, who laced a two-run single to left field with the bases loaded. Clipper newcomer, Richard Martinez, later gave Columbus the lead on an RBI groundout, scoring Cord Phelps. The Clippers' fourth inning three-spot was one of just three innings the Clippers have scored against Louisville in the series.
The Bats would later tie the game in the eighth against Clipper reliever, Jess Todd. Yonder Alonso grounded out to first base and Matt McBride's throw home was late as Dickerson slid home safely.
Espino made his Triple-A debut in grand style, but didn't factor in the decision, as he pitched seven innings, giving up only two runs on six hits while striking out four. Espino made the start in place of David Huff, who was called up to Cleveland for a start against the Red Sox.
The Clippers and Bats conclude their four-game, two-city series tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. at Huntington Park. Yohan Pino (8-6, 5.48) gets the start for Columbus against Matt Maloney (9-5, 2.91) of Louisville.
Altoona Sweeps Tuesday Twin Bill with Aeros
The first-place Altoona Curve defeated the Aeros twice Tuesday evening, earning a 4-3 victory in Game 1 followed by a 3-2 victory in the 10th inning in the finale. Akron ace Alex White took the loss in the opener in front of 4,542 fans at Blair County Ballpark while a quality start from lefty Matt Packer in his Akron debut was not enough in the extra-inning finale. Akron (56-52) has now lost four straight and moved into a fourth place tie in the Western Division with Harrisburg as Altoona improved to 63-46.
Altoona started the scoring in the bottom of the first against White in the opener. An RBI single by Andrew Lambo preceded an Aeros outburst against Curve lefty Justin Wilson in the second. Four hits, highlighted by back-to-back two-out hits from center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis, gave the visitors an early 3-1 lead.
The lead did not last long as the Curve responded in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs and runners on first and third base. Yung-Chi Chen later delivered a two-run single and Chase d