Game Recap 8/5: Soto Solid in Win
All but one of the Lake County Captains runs came via the long ball as they defeated the Dayton Dragons 6-1 on Thursday. The Captains hit three home runs in the game.
Roberto Perez hit a two run home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Captains a 2-0 lead. It was Perez's fifth homer of the year and his second in the series. The Dragons cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning when Ryan LaMarre singled home Jonathan Kaskow and it was 2-1. The Captains got the run right back in the bottom of the inning when Delvi Cid hit is second homerun of the year and the lead was 3-1. The lead went to 5-1 when Jason Smit smacked his seventh home run of the year, a two run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Captains added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Smit knocked in Adam Abraham to make it 6-1.
Captains starter Giovanni Soto (8-6) got the win pitching six innings and allowing one run on two hits, walking two and striking out three. Preston Guilmet came on in the seventh inning to pick up his ninth save of the year throwing three scoreless innings allowing two hits and striking out four.
Dayton starter Ricky Bowen (2-6) took the loss working four innings allowing five runs on five hits, walking two while striking out one.
Bullpen can't hold lead, Clippers fall, 11-4
The Columbus Clippers fell to the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday night, 11-4, despite a brilliant pitching performance from Jeremy Sowers. Buffalo pounced on the Clipper bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings, scoring two runs in the seventh and breaking the game open with nine in the eighth.
Justin Turner led off the eighth inning with his seventh home run of the season then later delivered a three-run double to put the game away. Jorge Padilla and Luis Hernandez added to the Bisons' big inning with back-to-back two-run doubles. Carlton Smith gave up seven runs, all earned, on just five hits.
Sowers, making a spot start for Columbus, faced 16 batters, one over the minimum, and only allowed a leadoff single by Hernandez in the third inning. Sowers induced seven ground ball outs while striking out the side in the fourth inning, five total.
Jared Goedert gave Columbus an early lead in the first inning when he drove home Michael Brantley with an RBI single. Richard Martinez continued to make the best of his time in Columbus as he drove home Ezequiel Carrera in the second inning with an RBI double to right field. For Martinez, he has six RBI's in just three games since being called up.
Columbus would tack on two more in the fourth inning as Jose Constanza and Brantley each doubled and scored in the inning. Brantley went 2-for-5 on the night with an RBI and two runs scored and Goedert and Matt McBride also contributed multi-hit games.
Curve Complete Sweep, Defeat Aeros 6-1
Akron matched a season-high with a sixth straight loss Thursday as the Altoona Curve finished a four-game sweep with a 6-1 victory at Blair County Ballpark. Despite just one earned run charged against Aeros pitchers Kelvin De La Cruz and Nick Hagadone in front of the crowd of 4,316 fans, the offense again could not muster enough support. Altoona improved to 65-46 with the win while fourth-place Akron fell to 56-54 on the season, 4.5 games behind the wild card-leading Bowie Baysox.
Lefty starters De La Cruz and Altoona