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Game Recaps 5/31: Soto-rrific

Game Recaps 5/31: Soto-rrific
June 1, 2011
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Giovanni Soto (Photo: Tony Lastoria)
Kinston Blanks Blue Rocks 1-0

A brilliant battle between two tough starters ended in a 1-0 shutout win for Kinston over Wilmington Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. The shutout was Kinston’s sixth of the season, the second most in the Carolina League this year. The K-Tribe (26-24) has now won 12 of their last 14 games.

Kinston starter Giovanni Soto had one of his best starts of the season, but was saddled with the no decision. Soto tied a career high with ten strikeouts. He gave up only two hits and no runs. Wilmington starter Justin Marks was better, however, taking a no hitter into the seventh inning. Through his first six frames Marks allowed just one base runner, when Tyler Holt walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Marks walked Kinston’s Jeremie Tice. Adam Abraham then screamed a grounder down the third base line. The just fair ball headed all the way to the corner and Tice scored all the way from first to give Kinston the 1-0 lead. Marks (2-3) was the tough luck loser, giving up just two hits through eight complete innings of work. He walked two and struck out seven.

Kinston’s bullpen took over from there as Jose Flores pitched 1 2/3 innings of one hit ball. Flores (2-3) picked up the win, walking one and striking out four. K-Tribe closer Preston Guilmet got the final four outs of the game for his 12th save in 12 tries. The Carolina League leader in saves pitched a perfect 1 1/3 innings, striking out two and lowering his ERA to 0.90. Wilmington managed just three hits on the night. The 2:09 game was the shortest of the season for Kinston.

The series continues with a special 11 am Lenoir County Schools day on Wednesday morning. Drew Pomeranz will take the mound for Kinston.

Familiar Face Burns Aeros In Reading

Former Akron Aero Carlos Rivero hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and help the Reading Phillies win game one of a three-game series 4-2 Tuesday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Lefty T.J. McFarland allowed the Rivero home run and suffered the loss for the Aeros lasting six innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and striking out three while walking none.

Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg earned the win for Reading pitching six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out one. Righty Justin De Fratus pitched two scoreless innings of relief to record the save.

The R-Phils (27-23) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Matt Rizzotti two-run home run.

The Aeros (25-28) answered in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Tim Fedroff singled and, after Matt McBride popped out, Beau Mills hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 2-2.

Reading quickly answered in bottom of the frame retaking the lead on the Rivero home run.

The R-Phils added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning and went on to the win.

The Aeros and R-Phils will continue their series Wednesday. The Aeros will give the ball to left-handed pitcher Matt Packer, who is 2-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 2011. He will face right-handed pitcher Josh Zeid, who is 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA this season. First pitch is at 2:05 p.m.

Lavisky Powers Captains by Cougars 9-4

Alex Lavisky hit, not one, but two homeruns on Tuesday night lifting Lake County to a 9-4 win over Kane County. Lavisky drove in a career high five runs batted in for the Captains.

The Cougars jumped out to an early lead, 1-0 in the first inning. Alex Llanos reached on a rare error by Argenis Martinez and came around and scored on an RBI double Julio Aparicio.

Kane County jumped up 2-0 in the second inning; Geulin Beltre singled to reach and scored on a Cole Cook wild pitch from third.

In the third inning, LeVon Washington started things off with a leadoff single. Carlos Moncrief crushed a ball to deep right centerfield for his sixth homerun of the season tying the game at two.

The Cougars took the lead back in the sixth inning. Aparicio reached on a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a pair of Cook wild pitches. Cheslor Cuthbert singled in the runner for his eighth RBI of the season making it 3-2.

In the bottom half of the sixth inning, with runners on first and third, Jesus Aguilar dribbled one down the third baseline scoring Anthony Gallas from third for the infield base hit. Lavisky hit his first homerun a monster shot to right field, a three run homerun giving Lake County a 6-3 lead.

Alex Monsalve started the eighth inning off with a double to right centerfield. Lavisky hit his second homerun of the ninth, his sixth of the season into the leftfield bleachers to make it make 8-4. Ronny Rodriguez took the very next pitch deep to left for his second homerun of the season, and the first time the Captains went back-to-back this season for a 9-4 advantage.

Cole Cook (2-5) was fantastic picking up his second win of the year, tossing a career high seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, walking a pair and striking out four. Jordan Cooper worked the final two inning allowing just one run on one hit, striking out four for his first professional save. Leonel Santaigo (4-5) took the loss, giving up six runs on ten hits in just 5.1 innings, striking out six.

Lake County and Kane County continue their three game series on Wednesday morning from Classic Park at 11:00AM. RHP Mike Goodnight (3-3) will get the start for the Captains and RHP Yardano Ventura (0-0) throws for the Cougars.

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