Game Recaps 6/16: Kipnis continues to carry Columbus
|Jason Kipnis (photo: Tony Lastoria)|
When Jason Kipnis gets hot, minor league pitchers go to die. Jason Kipnis continued his torrid spring, going 3-4 with two runs, a double, a homer and two RBI.
Zach McAllister got the start, and was well on his way to another outstanding outing when a rain delay ended his night after four innings. The 6'6" righty went' four innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out three batters.
McAllister hadn't pitched since a blowout loss on June 5th.
Joe Martinez got the win in relief, pitching two innings of shutout baseball.
Kipnis has been nothing short of sensational over the past six games. In the six games he has played since June 9th, Kipnis has gone 14-26 for a scorching .538 average. He's scored nine runs, with a double, three triples, three homers and eight RBI. He's raised his overall average to .304, and is certainly making a case that his time in Cleveland may be coming soon.
Kipnis has been known to carry his offensive acumen to the next level during this torrid streaks of his, as he showed last season in carrying the Clippers to the International League title during his first taste of Triple A baseball.
Perhaps his time in Cleveland is now.
The win was the Clippers ninth in a row, bringing their overall record to an international League best 45-22. They currently have a 7 1/2 game lead on second place Louisville in the West division. They continue their series with Scranton tomorrow night at 7:05 P.M.
Hafner rehabs, Aeros drop rubber match
The Akron Aeros dropped the rubber match of a three-game series to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-5 Thursday at Canal Park.
Travis Hafner went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a strikeout in his second rehab start with the Aeros.
Right-hander Chad Jenkins got the win for the Fisher Cats tossing seven innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and striking out five while walking just one.
Left-handed pitcher Matt Packer suffered the loss for the Aero lasting 4.2 innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and striking out five while walking none.
Thursday's game also featured a 28-minute rain delay
The Fisher Cats (39-26) got on the board in the top of the first inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Mike McDade drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to give New Hampshire a 1-0 lead.
The Aeros (32-35) tied the game in the bottom of the first inning on a Beau Mills solo home run.
The Fisher Cats answered in the top of the third inning. John Tolisano led off the inning with a double and scored on an Adeiny Hechavarria two-bagger to make it 2-1. With two outs, Mike McDade doubled to give the Fisher Cats a 3-1 lead.
New Hampshire scored two runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-1 lead.
Akron got three back on a Nick Weglarz three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Fisher Cats added a run in the top of the eighth inning to make it 8-4.
Weglarz hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Aeros drew no closer as the Fisher Cats went on to the win.
The Aeros will continue their homestand as they host the Portland Sea Dogs for the first of a three-game set Friday. Akron will give the ball to right-hander Austin Adams, who is 5-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow righty Chris Balcom-Miller, who is 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1350 AM or online at sportsradio1350.com. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m.
Kinston Beats Lynchburg in Extra Innings, 2-1
The K-Tribe clawed their way to a 2-1, 10 inning victory over the Hillcats Thursday night in Lynchburg. With the win, Kinston (36-30) stays 1