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Game Recaps 7/18: Jerad Head leads night of walk-offs

Game Recaps 7/18: Jerad Head leads night of walk-offs
July 19, 2011
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Head provides walk-off blast as Clippers win

The clock struck midnight and Jerad Head was the Clippers version of Cinderella, as his ninth inning blast to left-center put away the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 7-6.

Thunderstorms delayed the game an hour and 55 minutes. That was only the beginning of a long night. After entering the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead, the Clippers surrendered four runs and committed two errors as the Yankees tied the game.

A long fly-out from Tim Fedroff nearly ended things in the ninth. Head's solo shot- his 15th homer of the year - followed Fedroff's at-bat.

The Yankees also had numerous lapses of their own, as their pitching staff totaled seven wild pitches, nine walks, and hit two Clippers batters.

Josh Judy (4-2) picks up the win after giving up an inherited run in the ninth. Zach McAllister - despite pitching the first two innings - returned after the rain delay and ended up going five innings, giving up two runs.

The two teams continue their four game set tomorrow as Paolo Espino (0-1, 30.37) squares off against Ivan Nova (1-1, 3.07).

AEROS walk-off on Diaz's RBI single

Juan Diaz flipped a bloop RBI single over Altoona short stop Brock Holt's head in the bottom of ninth inning breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Akron Aeros a 4-3 walk-off win over the Curve in game one of a three-game series Monday at Canal Park.

Right-handed pitcher Anthony Clagget allowed the Diaz single and suffered the loss for Altoona.

Right-hander Matt Langwell recorded the win for the Aeros pitching one and two thirds innings, scattering three hits and striking out two while walking none. Righty Austin Adams got the start for Akron tossing 7.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and striking out six while walking one.

The Aeros (50-46) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Beau Mills reached on a Holt throwing error. Chun Chen followed with an RBI triple scoring Mills and giving the Aeros a 1-0 lead.

Akron added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Henry and Diaz opened the frame with back-to-back walks. Mills singled softly to right field to load the bases. Chen followed with an RBI sacrifice fly scoring Henry and giving the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Diaz scored on a Jeff Locke wild pitch to make it 3-0.

Altoona (39-55) got a run off Adams on an RBI ground out in the top of the sixth inning to make it 3-1.

The Curve tied things in the top of the eighth inning. Starling Marte led off with a single and advanced to second on a Holt ground out. Andrew Lambo followed with an RBI single scoring Marte and cutting the Aeros lead to 3-2. Adams was lifted for right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell. Following the change, Tony Sanchez doubled home Lambo to tie the game 3-3.

The game remained tied until Diaz singled home John Drennen in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Akron the win.

The Aeros and Curve will continue their three-game series Tuesday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher Matt Packer, who is 3-9 with a 5.46 ERA in 2011. He will face right-hand pitcher Mike Colla, who is 4-6 with a 3.65 ERA this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1350 AM or online at Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m.

Three Ninth Inning Runs Net Kinston Win

Anthony Gallas had a game-tying double and Doug Pickens drove in the winning run as Kinston walked-off with a 5-4 win Monday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. It was Kinston's (14-9, 52-40) fifth walk-off win of the season.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Tyler Holt led-off with a walk for Kinston. Justin Toole delivered a single. Anthony Gallas then hit a smash off the very top of the wall in left field, driving home Holt and Toole. Winston-Salem's reliever Taylor Thompson stayed in the game, striking out Jeremie Tice. With Delvi Cid pinch running for Gallas at second base, Adam Abraham was intentionally walked. Cid and Abraham were then successful on a double steal. Abner Abreu was intentionally walked after the double swipe, loading the bases. Tyler Cannon struck out for the second out of the inning. With a 1-2 count, Pickens sent a line drive to center field to give Kinston the walk-off victory. It was the second RBI of the game for Pickens who replaced an injured Roberto Perez in the third inning.

Kinston starting pitcher Clayton Cook got off to a rough start when he walked Winston-Salem's Tyler Saladino and Jared Mitchell to start the contest. Carolina League home run leader Ian Gac cashed in with a one-out, three-run home run. It was his 24th long ball of the season. The Dash added a run with a two-out, RBI single by Mike Blanke, scoring Saladino in the top of the third inning. The clutch single gave the Dash a 4-0 lead. Cook went five innings, giving up four runs on three hits. He walked five and struck out three.

The K-Tribe got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning. With Dash starting pitcher Santos Rodriguez on the mound, Holt led off with a single. Toole then singled to advance Holt to third base. Gallas followed with a sacrifice fly to center, cutting the Dash lead to three. The lead would fall to two when Abreu led off the sixth inning with a double and scored on a Pickens RBI ground out. Holt, Toole and Abreu each had two hits for Kinston. Gallas went 3-for-4 with three rbi.

Kinston's bullpen was strong, as Kyle Landis pitched two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out two. Chris Jones (5-1) picked up the win in relief, giving up just two hits in two scoreless innings. Jones walked one and struck out four.

Kinston continues the home series Tuesday night against Winston-Salem at 6:30 pm. The series will end with a special 11 am game on Wednesday.

Captains Win in 12, 10-9

Brian Heere finished a career night with an RBI single in the top of the twelfth inning scoring Carlos Moncrief as Lake County defeated Burlington 10-9. Heere finished the night 5-for-7 with two RBI.

The Captains sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning, scoring five time take an early 5-0 lead.

Ronny Rodriguez added a two run triple in the second inning to make it 7-0 Lake County. Rodriguez finished the night 3-for-5 with 3RBI. Aaron Fields drove in his second run of the game to put the Captains up 8-0 after two.

The Bees trailing 9-0, heading into the fourth inning, got on the board with a two-run homerun from Josh Whitaker to make it 9-2.

Burlington chipped away at Lake County

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