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Game Recaps 7/20: Monsalve walk-off gives Lake County a 16-15 win

Game Recaps 7/20: Monsalve walk-off gives Lake County a 16-15 win
July 22, 2011
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Alex Monsalve (photo: Lianna Holub)
Captains Prevail 16-15, In Heat of the Moment

In the bottom of the ninth with the temperature pushing 97 degrees and climbing, Alex Monsalve lifted Lake County past Quad Cities, with an RBI single to leftfield, scoring Carlos Moncrief for a bone chilling 16-15 walk-off win at Classic Park on Thursday afternoon.

The game between the Captains and the River Bandits took four hours and six minutes, seeing eight lead changes and one tie setting with an array of records. Lake County set season records for runs scored (16), total hits (19) and walks drawn (10).

The Bandits starting the rollercoaster ride scoring a run in the first inning on an RBI double by Victor Sanchez, making it 1-0.

Jesus Aguilar in the same inning put the Captains ahead with his 19th homerun of the season, a three run shot to right field.

In the second inning, Luis Mateo drove in his first two runs of the season for Quad Cities, with a single tying the game at three. Moments later, Oscar Taveras began his career afternoon with a two run double to right, lifting the Bandits ahead 5-3.

Carlos Moncrief lead off the second inning with his 11th homerun of the season to pull the Captains within a run. Giovanny Urshela got in the scorebook with an RBI double down the left field line to score Monsalve and tie the game at five.

Moncrief came through again in the third inning, this time with an RBI single giving Lake County a 6-5 lead. Monsalve drove in his first run of the game scoring Moncrief with a single to left and a 7-5 cushion.

Quad Cities put up another four spot in the fourth inning, sending nine hitters to the plate. The first scored on Kirk Wetmore wild pitch with bases loaded. Right after, Taveras drove in two more runs with a single right field giving the Bandits a 8-7 edge. In the inning, Taveras scored the fourth run for a 9-7 lead on a passed ball.

The Captains came right back in the bottom of the fourth inning with a true moment of magic from Moncrief. Carlos sent a ball to deep right centerfield, off the scoreboard, a two-run shot giving the Captains a 10-9 lead. His 12th homerun, came minutes after Aaron Fields put the team with in a run, with an RBI double. Aguilar capped off a four run fourth for Lake County, with his fourth RBI on the day, and a 11-9 lead.

Unfortantally, the River Bandits came right back in the fifth, batting around for the second straight inning. Taveras started it all with his fifth RBI of the game, with single to left. Sanchez drove in his second run with a base hit to center. Colin Walsh walked with the bases loaded putting Quad Cities in front, 12-11. Michael Swinson delivered a two run single and the Bandits had the largest lead of the afternoon, at 14-11.

In the bottom of the fifth inning and with two outs, the Captains loaded the bases. Jordan Casas drove in his first run, with a walk. Lake County drew with a run closer when Nick Bartolone scored a wild pitch, and it was 14-13 Bandits after six.

Quad Cities scored an unearned run in the eighth inning to go up 15-13. Swinson scored from second on a fielding on Captains right fielder Moncrief.

In the ninth, Brian Heere walked for the second time to lead things off. With one out, Nick Bartolone came through with his first hit, putting runners on first and second. Carlos Moncrief walked to load the bases, reaching safely for the sixth time. With Casas at the plate, a wild pitch scord Heere to make it 15-14. Moments later, Casas hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Bartolone to tie the game at fifteen.

When the dust settled, Lake County's Kyle Petter (2-2) picked up the win pitching just one inning, allowing a hit and striking out two. Aden Lucas (1-3) took the loss for Quad Cities allowing three runs on two hits, walking two and striking out one.

Lake County and Quad Cities finish up their three game series on Friday night at Classic Park at 7:00PM. The Captains will start LHP Mike Rayl (5-4) against RHP Trevor Rosenthal (3-7) for the River Bandits. Catch all the action AM1330 WELW or online at

Clippers rally falls short in 6-5 loss

The Clippers furious rally fell short in a 6-5 loss to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Clippers starter Justin Germano allowed three runs in the 2nd inning and Columbus never recovered. Gustavo Molina drove home Jordan Parraz and Kevin Russo provided a two-run double to cap the inning.

Columbus rallied with a single tally in the 3rd as Matt McBride doubled and later scored on a Jason Donald base hit. The Yankees added single runs in the 6th and 7th to build a 5-1 lead, but Columbus would mount a charge.

Chad Huffman singled, Michel Hernandez doubled, and Jason Kipnis picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Donald and Cord Phelps would each drive in a run to cap a three-run frame. Scranton Wilkes-Barre would get an insurance run off reliever Chen Lee in the 8th inning, a run that would prove to be the game-winner.

Nick Johnson blasted a pinch-hit homer off Yankees righty Buddy Carlyle in the bottom of the 9th to pull Columbus within one run again, but that's all they could muster.

The Clippers now set sail on a two city, eight game road trip beginning at Lehigh Valley on Friday night. Jeanmar Gomez (9-3, 2.40) will face IronPigs right-hander Tyson Brummett at 7:05pm from Coca -Cola Park.

Aeros bats back McFarland in win over Seawolves

The Akron Aeros gave lefty starter T.J. McFarland six early runs of support as they went on to win game one of a four-game series against the Erie SeaWolves 8-4 Thursday at Jerry Uht Park.

McFarland recorded the victory for the Aeros tossing a season-high eight innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and striking out seven while walking none. McFarland joined left-hander Matt Packer and right-hander Joe Gardner as the only Aeros starters to throw eight innings in a single outing this season.

Right-handed pitcher L.J. Gagnier suffered the loss for Erie lasting six innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and striking out six while walking one.

The Aeros (52-47) got on the board in the top of the first inning. With one out, Juan Diaz singled and advanced to second on a balk. Beau Mills walked to put runners on first and second. Chun Chen doubled Diaz and Mills home to give Akron a 2-0 lead. Ben Copeland followed with a two-run home run to increase the lead to 4-0.

Akron added to their lead in the top of the third inning. With one out, Chen singled and advanced to third on a Copeland double. Kyle Bellows singled Chen home to give the Aeros a 5-0 lead. John Drennen followed with an RBI single scoring Copeland and making it 6-0.

It remained 6-0 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Rawley Bishop singled home Gustavo Nunez to get the SeaWolves on the board.

Erie (46-52) added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to make it 6-2.

Akron scored two runs of their own in the top of the ninth inning and, despite giving up two runs in the bottom of the frame, went on to the win.

The Aeros and SeaWolves will continue their four-game series Friday. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Joe Gardner, who is 6-7 with a 4.69 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow right-hander Brooks Brown, who is 2-4 with a 6.26 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1350 AM or online at Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m.

Offense Explodes in Big Victory Over Spikes

The Scrappers set season highs for runs scored, hits and runs in a single inning in a 17-4 win over the State College Spikes.

Mahoning Valley scored in the top of the first inning and led the entire night, scoring in five of the first six innings. The Scrappers broke the game open with a five-run third inning and scored seven runs in the top of the fifth.

Eight of the nine starters had multiple hit nights. Jake Lowery went 3-for-4 with a season-high six runs batted in. Jordan Smith and Jerrud Sabourin added three hits each. The Scrappers had three extra-base hits and 17 singles.

Rob Nixon started and went six innings, allowing two runs to pick up the victory. Both runs came in the bottom of the third inning and cut the lead to 6-2 before the Scrappers added to their lead. Nixon bounced back from his last start in Jamestown and improved to 2-3.

Spikes starter Matt Benedict picked up the loss, allowing eight runs in 3.2 innings pitched. His record is 1-2.

The Scrappers and Spikes conclude their two-game series on Friday night at 7:05 pm.

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