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Game Recaps 7/20: Abraham sends Kinston to late-inning victory

Game Recaps 7/20: Abraham sends Kinston to late-inning victory
July 21, 2011
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Adam Abraham (photo: Tony Lastoria)
Kinston Wins Late, Takes Series From Dash

Kinston erased a late three-run Winston-Salem lead to beat the Dash 5-4 in an 11 am game, Wednesday at Historic Grainger Stadium. With the win, the Indians (15-10, 53-41) take three of four games to win the series.

Winston-Salem led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Adam Abraham started the comeback with a single. After advancing to third base thanks to a passed ball and a wild pitch, Chase Burnette drove him home with a ground-out. With two outs in the inning, Tyler Cannon singled. Doug Pickens followed with a walk. Delvi Cid would keep the inning going when his slow chopper to the shortstop was mishandled. The play was ruled an error and loaded the bases for Tyler Holt. Holt tied the game, dropping down a perfect bunt up the third base line. The squeeze got Cannon home and tied the game at four.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Anthony Gallas was hit by a pitch. With Justin Toole inserted as a pinch runner, J.R. Ballinger delivered a wild pitch allowing Toole to get to second base. Abraham then delivered a line drive double to center field to send home the winning run. Ballinger (4-2) was stuck with the loss. Kinston's Preston Guilmet (1-1) picked up his first win of the season, giving up just one hit while striking out four in two innings of work. Toru Murata was also solid with an inning of hitless relief in his first action in over two months.

Tyler Saladino's bat was awake early as he hit a lead-off home run to give Winston-Salem a 1-0 first inning lead. Kinston starting pitcher Brett Brach would run into trouble again in the second inning when Juan Silverio doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Dubler. Dubler would hurt Brach and the K-Tribe again when the Dash catcher would hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Brach went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Kinston's offense would get going in the fourth inning when Holt started the bottom of the frame with a single. After a Casey Frawley grounder was booted by the Dash third baseman, Holt advanced to third base. Holt would score on a double play later in the inning. Kinston cut the Winston-Salem to one when Abner Abreu doubled to start the fifth and Tyler Cannon drove him home with a single. Winston-Salem would expand the lead again in the sixth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly RBI from John Spatola off of Kinston's Kyle Landis.

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, game time 6:30 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Yankees silence Clippers bats in 6-1 win

The Clippers' bats were silenced by Scranton / Wilkes-Barre starter D.J. Mitchell and the rest of the Yankee staff, as Columbus falls, 6-1.

Mitchell (7-7) went seven innings to pick up the win. He struck out nine and allowed one run off of four hits.

The lone run came on a single to left by Tim Fedroff. Jason Donald was the only Clipper to record more than one hit. He went 2-4 and scored on Fedroff's single.

After scoring one in the first, the Yankees hit Corey Kluber hard in the third, scoring four runs off him in that inning. Overall, Kluber (4-6) gave up four earned runs over six innings.

Yankees third baseman Kevin Russo went 3-4 and scored one run. Scranton / Wilkes-Barre had nine hits total.

After losing the first two, the Yankees hope to salvage a split in the series as it wraps up Thursday at 12:05 PM.

Pomeranz Sharp but Aeros Shutout by Curve

Left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz allowed just one earned run over five innings of work, but the Akron Aeros mustered only three hits as they were shutout by the Altoona Curve 4-0 in the finale of a three-game series Wednesday at Canal Park.

Pomeranz was saddled with the loss allowing three hits and striking out six while walking two.

Right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson earned the win for Altoona tossing six scoreless innings, scattering two hits and striking out six while walking one. Right-hander Michael Dubee pitched two scoreless innings of relief to record the save.

The Curve (40-56) got on the board in the top of the third inning when Brad Chalk scored on a Starling Marte sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.

Altoona scored two more runs on back-to-back RBI doubles from Brock Holt and Andrew Lambo in the top of the eighth inning to make it 3-0.

The Curve added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning and went on to the win.

The Aeros (51-47) will head to Erie to begin a four-game series with the SeaWolves Thursday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland, who is 6-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 2011. Erie has yet to announce a starter for Thursday's game. 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.

Captains Lose HR Derby to Bandits 15-3

Quad Cities out slugged Lake County on Wednesday night hitting five homeruns to the Captains two long balls. The River Bandits went on to the victory 15-3.

Five different hitters from Quad Cities went deep resulting in 6-1 lead. Oscar Taveres hit a two run homerun in the first. Micheal Swinson and Chris Edmendson hit solo homeruns in the second. Victor Sanchez hit a solo homerun on the third. And Cody Stanley connected on a solo homerun in the fifth.

Jesus Aguilar drove in his 63rd RBI of the season in the bottom of the first for Lake County putting the Captains within a run at 2-1.

Carlos Moncrief hit a solo homerun for Lake County in the fifth inning, his tenth of the season making it 6-2.

The Bandits loaded the bases on Luis Encarnacion in the sixth inning and increased the lead to 7-2 scoring a run on Lake County's 109th wild pitch of the season.

Quad Cities scored five more times in the seventh inning on four hits with the help of two Captains' errors, as they sent eleven hitters to the plate and pumped the lead to 12-2.

Brian Heere continues to swing a hot bat in the second half of the season hitting his second homerun of the season to make it 12-3. Heere finished the night 3-for-4 and has nine hits in his last three games.

In the ninth inning, the River Bandits added three more runs on four hits increasing the lead to 15-3. Taveres, Stanley and Kolten Wong all had an RBI.

Ryan Copeland (2-1) picked up the win for the Bandits working five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, no walks and seven strike outs. Cole Cook (4-10) took a tough loss allowing five runs on seven hits, no walks and striking out five, Cook matched a franchise record of four homeruns allowed in a single game.

Lake County and Quad Cities have a quick turn around on Thursday morning at 11:00AM at Classic Park. The Captains will start LHP Kirk Wetmore (1-0) against the River Bandits RHP Seth Blair (5-3). Catch all the action on AM1330 WELW or online at

Late Rally Not Enough in Scrappers Loss to Spikes

The Scrappers rallied from a 4-2 deficit entering the ninth inning but fell in ten, 5-4, to the State College Spikes.
Mahoning Valley trailed nearly the entire night, allowing a run in the top of the first inning and two in the fourth to fall behind 3-0. Alex Lavisky homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 3-1, but the Spikes scored in the top of the sixth to take a 4-1 lead.

Todd Hankins led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to make it 4-2, where the score remained until the ninth.

Tony Wolters doubled in a run to cut the deficit to 4-3 and Jake Lowery hit a long sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4.

In the top of the 10th inning, Carlos Mesa homered with one out to put State College ahead. The Scrappers got a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the inning but could not bring him home.

Will Krasne picked up the loss for the Scrappers, falling to 1-1. Mitch Fienemann picked up the win for the Spikes, improving to 1-2. Vince Payne recorded his first save of the season.

The Scrappers and Spikes will open up a two-game series in State College, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night at 7:05 pm.

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