Game Recaps 5/2: The Columbus Train Keeps Rollin'
|Ezequiel Carrera (Photo: Tony Lastoria)|
Another game, another offensive explosion for the Clippers as they won 18-12 over the Charlotte Knights Monday.
Nine Clippers came to the plate in the first inning, as they put up four runs. Still, the Knights came back and led 9-6 in the top of the seventh. Then, a Luis Valbuena double, scoring Lonnie Chisenhall, Chad Huffman and Jason Kipnis tied the game. The Clippers broke it open in the eighth with an Ezequiel Carrera single. They went on to score eight more runs in the inning.
Carrera went 4-6 on the game, driving in four and scoring twice.
The win marks the twelfth in a row for the Clippers, and they look to sweep with a win against the Knights Tuesday. Right-hander Zach McAllister puts his 4-0 record on the line against Charlotte's Freddy Dolsi.
Burns Blows Save as Curve Walk-Off Against Aeros
Cory Burns allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Altoona Curve came from behind and won in their last at bat beating the Akron Aeros 10-9 Monday at Blair County Ballpark.
Burns entered the ninth with a 9-8 lead, but gave up an RBI single to Tony Sanchez to tie it. Later in the frame, Kris Watts drove in the game-winning run on an RBI double.
Burns suffered his first blown save and first loss of the season.
Noah Krol picked up the win for Altoona pitching a scoreless inning out of the bullpen and striking out one.
The Aeros (12-13) got things started offensively in the top of the first inning. Jordan Henry led off the game with a single and moved to third when Juan Diaz reached on a fielding error. Chun Chen followed with a double that plated both Henry and Diaz to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead.
Akron added to their lead in the top of the second inning on a Henry RBI single that scored Kyle Bellows and made it 3-0.
The Curve (12-11) rallied in the bottom of the frame. Jordy Mercer started the inning with a leadoff single and Jeremy Farrell doubled him home to make it 3-1. Sanchez moved Farrell to third on a single and Watts followed with an RBI single to score him. Later in the frame, Brad Chalk drove in a run with a single that tied the game at 3-3. With the bases full, Starling Marte gave the Curve the lead on a sacrifice fly.
Altoona scored three more times in the bottom of the third inning, but the Aeros answered back in the top of the fourth. With two on and one out, Tim Fedroff grounded out to first, but advanced the runners to second and third. Diaz cut into the Curve lead with a two-RBI double that made it 7-5. Chen capped the inning with his second double of the game scoring Diaz and cutting the Altoona lead to 7-6.
After an Altoona run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Aeros scored a run in the top of the sixth inning and two in the top of the seventh to take a 9-8 lead.
The Curve rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Aeros. The walk-off win was the first by an Aeros opponent this season.
The Aeros and Curve will play game two of this four-game series Tuesday night. Akron will give the ball to southpaw Matt Packer, who is 0-3 with a 4.79 ERA in 2011. He will face right-handed pitcher Mike Colla. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1350 AM or online at sportsradio1350.com. Coverage begins at 6:15 p.m.
Salem Slips by Kinston
Salem continued its recent success against the K-Tribe with a come from behind 3-2 win in Salem Monday night. With the win, Salem managed to stretch its lead of the Carolina League Southern Division to 2.5 games. Two games remain in the Indians current six game road trip, both in Salem.
In the top of the second inning, Kinston took advantage of a bizarre performance from Salem starting pitcher Drake Britton. After getting the first two batters in the inning out, Britton had a pitch slip out of his hands and ended up in the first row of seats above the visiting dugout. The pitch seemed to shake Britton, who walked Kinston newcomer Kyle Smith. Smith advanced to second base and then to third on two wild pitches. After a walk to Perez, Smith scored on the third wild pitch of the inning to put Kinston up 1-0. After Delvi Cid walked, Britton