Game Recaps 7/19: The Pack-Attack is Back
Left-handed pitcher Matt Packer tossed eight shutout innings Tuesday to lead the Akron Aeros to a 6-0 win over the Altoona Curve in game two of a three-game series at Canal Park.
Packer recorded his fourth win of 2011 scattering two hits and striking out seven while walking just one. Packer's eight-inning performance is tied for the longest outing by an Aeros starter in 2011. Right-handed pitcher Joe Gardner has tossed two eight-inning outings this season (May 29 vs. Reading and June 15 vs. New Hampshire).
Right-hander Mike Colla was saddled with the loss for Altoona lasting 4.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits, walking four and striking out three.
The Aeros (51-46) got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Kyle Bellows doubled. Following a walk, John Drennen singled him home to give Akron a 1-0 lead.
It remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Drennen doubled and advanced to third on a Karexon Sanchez double. Ben Copeland walked to load the bases. Drennen came across to score on a force out to make it 2-0. Beau Mills followed with a three-run home run down the right field line to increase the Aeros lead to 5-0.
Akron tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros will go for the sweep of the Curve (39-56) Wednesday. Left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz will make his Canal Park debut for Akron. Pomeranz is 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 2011. He will face right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson, who is 3-3 with a 3.26 ERA this season. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1350 AM or online at sportsradio1350.com. Coverage begins at 11:50 a.m.
Canal Park will be transformed into a giant water park on Wednesday afternoon! Wear your bathing suit to the game and prepare to get wet, with tons of ways to beat the heat on this summer day. The Akron Fire Department will lend some fire hoses to the event to make Canal Park the coolest place to be on Wednesday! Special "No Splash" Zones will be available for fans who want to stay dry.
Fresh arms lift Clippers past Yankees 6-1
Members of the Clippers pitching staff have logged a lot of innings lately, but that didn't stop them from holding the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees to just one run in a 6-1 victory Tuesday.
Paolo Espino (1-1) went five innings and struck out four to pick up a win in a spot start.
Manager Mike Sarbaugh also had two fresh arms at his disposal. Mitch Talbot - in his first appearance during his rehab stint - went one inning, striking out two. Tyler Sturdevant - called up earlier in the day from Akron - picked up the save after his three innings of work.
Leading 2-0 through five, the home bats broke it open in the sixth. Michel Hernandez's double brought home Chad Huffman and Jared Goedert. Hernandez scored on a Cord Phelps single.
Jason Kipnis and Shelley Duncan added solo home runs and Tim Fedroff hit an RBI double in the fifth to complete the scoring.
Ivan Nova (1-2) started the game for the Yankees but left the game in the second after suffering an apparent leg injury.
After taking the first two games of the series, the Clippers will look to win the series Wednesday at 7:05 PM, as Corey Kluber (4-5, 6.09) toes the rubber against Yankee starter D.J. Mitchell (6-7, 3.24).
Kinston Falls 11-6 to Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem out slugged the K-Tribe 11-6 Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. With the loss Kinston's (14-10, 52-41) season best, six-game home win streak comes to an end. The two teams will play the final game of the series at 11 am on Wednesday morning.
Kinston pitcher Francisco Jimenez made his first start of the season for the Indians. Jimenez retired the first four batters he faced before Mike Blanke singled for the Dash. Nick Ciolli drove Blanke home with a run scoring double. With two outs in the inning, Juan Silverio hit a single to plate Ciolli. The hit gave the Dash a 2-0 lead. Jimenez ran into trouble again in the third inning, as Andy Wilkins delivered a two-out single. Carolina League home run leader Ian Gac then did it again, slapping a two-run shot over the left field wall. It was his 25th homer of the season. Jimenez (3-2) picked up the loss, giving up four runs on six hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
Down 5-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Indians started a furious comeback against Winston-Salem starting pitcher Matt Wickswat. Wickswat had a one-hit shutout going against Kinston until Tyler Holt hit a single in the sixth. Anthony Gallas hit a one-out double to drive home Holt. Adam Abraham followed with his own run scoring double. Abner Abreu then cut the lead to one with a two-run home run. It was Abreu's 10th home run of the season, tied for the second most on the K-Tribe this year.
The Dash got some runs back in the top of the seventh inning with another Gac attack. Wilkins led off the frame with a double at the expense of Kinston reliever Jose Flores. Gac then hit another home run, his second two-run shot of the game. The blast to left field pushed the Winston-Salem led to 7-4. The Dash would add three more hits to plate two more runs in the inning. Flores was stuck with four earned runs on five hits in two innings. Kinston reliever Trey Haley pitched an inning and change before Flores, giving up a run on two hits, while walking two batters.
Kinston would tighten the game up in the seventh inning, with two runs highlighted by an Argenis Martinez double. Martinez and Abraham would each have two hits on the night for Kinston. The game would be put out of reach as Winston-Salem scored two more runs on two K-Tribe errors and a triple in the ninth inning. Steve Wright was the victim of rough defense, giving up two unearned runs on two hits in two innings of work from the bullpen. The three errors tied a season high for Kinston.
The K-Tribe tries a quick turnaround with an 11 am start Wednesday morning from Historic Grainger Stadium. Brett Brach gets the start for Kinston. The K-Tribe has a scheduled off day on Thursday then continues the homestand with a contest against Wilmington on Friday night. Friday is Alex White Bobblehead night.
Early Runs, Strong Pitching Lift Scrappers Over Spikes
Mahoning Valley scored five runs over the first four innings and shut out State College into the ninth inning in a 6-1 victory over the Spikes.
Four different Scrappers drove in runs, including two by Tony Wolters and two by John Barr. Wolters went 2-for-4, and Barr went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.
Will Roberts started and threw four scoreless innings. Roberts, making his second start of the season, allowed five hits and one walk and struck out two batters. Harold Guerrero came out of the bullpen and pitched four shutout innings. He picked up the win to improve to 2-1.
State College scored its only run of the game on a groundout in the top of the ninth inning.
Spikes starter Zack Dodson picked up the loss, falling to 0-1.
The Scrappers and Spikes will conclude their two-game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 pm.
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