Game Recap 8/4: Goedert Delivers Game-Winner
The Columbus Clippers defeated the Louisville Bats in a rain-soaked affair on Wednesday afternoon, 9-8. The game was delayed after the last out of the top of the seventh inning was recorded for one hour and twenty-two minutes, and after the break, Jared Goedert delivered a two-run double in the eighth. The Clippers ended their four game losing streak while handing the Bats their first loss in 12 games.
Before the rain appeared, both the Clippers and Bats put on an offensive show to remember. The Bats opened the game with three runs off of Yohan Pino, who was hit for four hits in the first, and gave up three consecutive RBI flares to the outfield gaps.
The Clipper offense, which had been stagnant of late, answered with four runs of their own in the bottom half as Clippers' newcomer, Richard Martinez ripped a bases-clearing double to right field, giving Columbus the lead.
After a second inning which saw both Louisville and Columbus add another run, the Clippers added two more in the bottom of the third. Martinez drove home Cord Phelps for his fourth RBI of the game with a groundout to second base and Jose Constanza plated the second run of the inning with a fielder's choice, scoring Jerad Head.
Jeff Frazier led the Bats' charge in the fourth inning with a towering three-run home run to left field. Frazier's blast came just moments after Michael Griffin lead off the fourth with his second home run of the day. Frazier went 3-for-5 on the afternoon with four RBI's and was just a triple shy of the cycle.
Pino, in a disappointing outing, went 5.1 innings, giving up eight earned runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out three. Pino's pitching counterpart, Matt Maloney, was not much better as he gave up seven runs on seven hits in five innings. Jess Todd earned his fourth win of the season.
Aeros Fall Again, Altoona Cruises to 5-1 Win
The Aeros lost for the fifth straight game Wednesday night at Altoona, dropping by the final score of 5-1 against the first-place Curve. A crowd of 3,640 fans at Blair County Ballpark saw Akron muster just two hits overall, both by red-hot second baseman Jason Kipnis, while new starter Corey Kluber struggled in his Indians organizational debut. With the loss, the Aeros (56-53) are now in sole possession of fourth place in the Western Division and Altoona improved to 64-46 on the season.
Altoona ace Rudy Owens was dominant but surrendered the lone run in the top of the first inning. After retiring center fielder Jordan Henry to start the game, Kipnis followed with his seventh home run on a deep shot to right field to give Akron its only lead.
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