Game Recaps 6/17: Clippers extend win streak to 10
|Ezequiel Carrera (photo: Tony Lastoria)|
The Clippers extended the win streak to ten, and stayed undefeated on their long road trip as they held on for a 6-5 victory over the Yankees in Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
After taking game 1 in an 8-1 victory cut short by rain last night, the Clippers were back at it with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees for game two of a four game set in Scranton. Columbus got off to a fast start in the top of the first. Ezequiel Carrera started the game off with a double down the right field line. After Carrera advanced to third on a Jason Kipnis groundout, Clippers first baseman Shelley Duncan did his part to drive in Carrera for the first run of the ballgame with a bloop RBI single. Just like that, Columbus had a 1-0 lead.
There would be more offense for the Clippers in the top of the second. Jered Head led off the inning with a single to center field. That was followed with a Jared Goedert walk. After a Paul Phillips flyout to left, Ezequiel Carrera reached on an infield single to load the bases with one out. Kipnis took advantage of the situation, driving in another Clippers run. The RBI groundout by Kipnis doubled the Clippers advantage 2-0. But Columbus was not done offensively. The next batter, Shelley Duncan, who knocked in the first Columbus run in the first, added to his RBI total with a clutch two out hit. Duncan's two run single augmented the Clippers lead to 4-0.
The lead for Columbus would increase even more in the top of the 5th. Shelley Duncan and Nick Johnson both walked to begin the inning. Chad Huffman then singled to load the bases with nobody out. It set the stage for the next batter Luis Valbuena. He put a 2-2 pitch in play adding on to Clippers lead. So two runs came in on that play, making it 6-0 in favor of the boys from C-Bus.
The Yankees made a concerted effort to get back into the ball game in the bottom of the 6th. After singles by Austin Krum and Luis Nunez to begin the inning, Kevin Russo got Scranton Wilkes Barre on the board with an RBI single that made it 6-1. The next batter, Greg Golson, tripled to deep center field. Two runs came in and all of the sudden, the Yankees were only down by three. Fortunately, Corey Kluber retired the next batters he faced and got out of the inning with a 6-3 lead intact.
The run lead for Columbus would shrink in the bottom of the eighth. Like he did in the sixth inning, Greg Golson came through with an RBI triple that made it 6-4. With Golson sitting at third with one out, Jesus Montero was walked to set up a potential double play. The first pitch from Zach Putnam to the next batter, Jorge Vasquez, was a wild pitch that got by Clippers catcher Paul Phillips. It allowed Golson to score and now Columbus was clinging to a one run lead. Putnam was pulled from the game due to an undisclosed injury. Josh Judy came in to replace his injured teamate. Judy walked Vasquez, but he got Brandon Laird to fly out and struck out Jordan Parraz to get out the inning, preserving the slim Columbus lead in the process.
It was a much cleaner inning for Judy. He struck out the first two batters he saw in the bottom of the ninth and ended up securing the win and getting his 9th save of the year.
The Clippers and Yankees will resume action Saturday night when Columbus right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (6-1) faces off against Yankees starter Greg Smith (0-0) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.
Aeros fall late, 4-3
Righty Austin Adams gave up a game-winning RBI double to Jorge Padron in the top of the seventh inning as the Akron Aeros lost game one of a three-game series to the Portland Sea Dogs 4-3 Friday at Canal Park.
Adams suffered the loss for Akron tossing seven innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and striking out six while walking just one.
Seth Garrison came in from the bullpen for the Sea Dogs to record the win pitching 3.1 innings of relief, giving up one earned run on two hits, walking one and striking out one. Blake Maxwell pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn the save.
The Sea Dogs (22-42) got on the board in the top of the first inning. With one out, Jon Hee doubled and Tony Thomas singled. Chih-Hsien Chiang followed with a single scoring Hee. Thomas came across to score when Chiang got in a run down to make it 2-0.
The Aeros (32-36) got a run back in the home half of the frame. With two outs and a runner on third, Chris Balcom-Miller uncorked a wild pitch to give the Aeros a run and make it 2-1.
Akron scored again in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Kyle Bellows walked and Juan Apodaca moved him to second on a single. Tim Fedroff followed with a double scoring Bellows and tying the game 2-2.
The Sea Dogs retook the lead in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Reynaldo Rodriguez doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.
Akron tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Jordan Henry RBI single.
The Sea Dogs answered again in the top of the sixth inning as Padron doubled home Chiang to give Portland the win.
The Aeros and Sea Dogs will continue their series Saturday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland, who is 2-4 with a 5.03 ERA in 2011. He will face right-hander Stolmy Pimentel, who is 0-8 with a 9.66 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 Falls 8-0, Myrtle Beach Clinches First Half
Lynchburg ended Kinston's first half playoff hopes with a 8-0 victory over the Indians Friday night in Virginia. The K-Tribe loss combined with a Myrtle Beach 6-5 win over Frederick, puts Kinston 2