Game Recaps 5/27: Another quality outing for Packer
|Matt Packer (Photo: Tony Lastoria)|
The Akron Aeros banged out six hits, brought 10 men to the plate and scored six times in the bottom of the fourth inning as they went on to win game one of a four-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-2 Friday at Canal Park.
Left-handed pitcher Matt Packer allowed just one earned run on four hits over seven innings to earn the win for the Aeros walking three and striking out four.
Lefty Clayton Tanner suffered the loss for Richmond lasting 3.1 innings, giving up eight earned runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out three.
Tim Fedroff went 2-for-4 with two RBI to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, which is tied for the third longest in Aeros history.
The Aeros (23-26) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Fedroff led off with a single. With one out, Jared Goedert and Beau Mills worked back-to-back walks. Matt McBride followed with a two-RBI single to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead.
The Flying Squirrels (23-24) answered back with a run in the top of the second inning.
The Aeros opened things up in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Chun Chen and Kyle Bellows had back-to-back singles. Karexon Sanchez followed with a walk. Donnie Webb and Fedroff had back-to-back two-RBI singles to make it 6-1. Juan Diaz followed with a triple scoring Fedroff and giving the Aeros a 7-1 lead. Goedert capped the inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Diaz.
The Aeros added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros and Squirrels will play game two of this four-game series Saturday. Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz will get the start for Akron. De La Cruz is 3-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow southpaw Ryan Verdugo, who is 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Big 7th Inning leads Clippers to win
The Columbus Clippers scored four runs in the 7th inning Friday night and won for the second-straight night over the Norfolk Tides 5-2 in front of 7,525 fans at Harbor Park.
Cord Phelps delivered the big knock, a two-out, two-run double that broke the game open for the visitors. Jason Kipnis led off the 7th inning with a triple and scored one out later on an RBI single by Luis Valbuena that broke a 1-1 tie between the two clubs. Luke Carlin followed with a walk and both runners moved up a bag on a wild pitch before Ezequiel Carrera gave the visitors a two-run cushion with an RBI single ahead of Phelps