Game Recaps 5/14: K-Tribe Wins One For "Mama"
A three-run fifth inning and another strong pitching performance by Joe Gardner pushed the K-Tribe to a 4-3 win over Frederick in their series opener on Friday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. The red-hot Indians are enjoying their best stretch of baseball this season, as they have won 7 of their last 9 games.
Playing with heavy hearts after hearing of the passing of Evelyn "Mama" Kornegay today, Kinston jumped on the board first on a Jason Kipnis RBI fielder's choice in the first inning. Frederick responded with three unearned runs in the fourth inning off of Gardner. Shortstop Ronald Rivas made an error on a grounder with two out, allowing one run to score. Then, Jacob Julius hit a two-run double to left to give the Keys a 3-1 lead.
The Indians answered with three of their own in the fifth. Ronald Rivas singled with one out, and then Lucas Montero clubbed a two-run home run to right to tie the game at 3. Three batters later, Kipnis would hit another fielder's choice ground ball to score Jordan Henry with what turned out to be the winning run. The win was Kinston's sixth come-from-behind victory this season.
Gardner (1-0) earned his first K-Tribe win, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up three unearned runs on two hits. He walked two and struck out five. He has not given up an earned run in his first 10 2/3 innings in Kinston since being called up from Lake County last Saturday. Rob Bryson, another recent call-up, pitched a hitless final five outs for his first save.
Kenny Moreland (2-2) was the loser for Frederick, surrendering 4 runs on 6 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The teams meet again at 7 pm on Saturday night. Southpaw T.J. McFarland, who leads the league with a 0.59 ERA, will be on the hill for Kinston.
Clippers Lose 8-1 Friday Night
Columbus dropped the series opening game to the Durham Bulls on Friday night by a score of 8-1.
Right-hander Yohan Pino took the loss in what was really his first bad outing of the season as he went six innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on ten hits, one walk and had one strikeout. The poor outing ballooned his ERA to 4.65 and he is now 4-2 on the season.
The Clippers offense piled up ten hits and two walks, but could only muster one run. Outfielder Jose Constanza (3-for-4) and catcher Carlos Santana (3-for-4, 2B) led the way, and outfielder Michael Brantley chipped in going 2-for-5 on the night.
Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05 pm, and the Clippers will send right-hander Carlos Carrasco to the mound.
Aeros Swept In Doubleheader
The Akron Aeros started their four game homestand with a twi-night doubleheader against the Reading Phillies. First pitch came at 6:05 before a crowd of 5,215 fans at Canal Park on Friday night. The game featured a pitching match-up of Aeros pitcher Eric Berger (0-1, 12.54 ERA) vs. Yohan Flande (1-3, 2.80 ERA).
The game started out with back to back singles for the Phillies by CF Quintin Berry to left, and a line drive to center by LF Michael Spidale before the nice 4-6-3 double play started by second baseman Cord Phelps. Berry scored on a Tagg Bozied double, his 12th of the year. The Phillies added to their lead on a Quintin Berry double, bringing in Ozzie Chavez. Akron was hitless through two when in the bottom of the third inning Damaso Espino singled on a line drive to right center field off Yohan Flande, but would be stranded on the bases.
It was not until the fifth inning when the Phillies would post two more runs. With Berry on third for the Phillies, Aeros pitcher Eric Berger