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Game Recaps 7/31: Hagadone and bullpen save Clippers

Game Recaps 7/31: Hagadone and bullpen save Clippers
August 1, 2011
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Nick Hagadone (Photo: Lianna Holub)
Clippers outlast Norfolk in 13 innings

The Clippers rallied back against the Norfolk Tides and won 6-5, with a Beau Mills walk-off single in the 13th inning.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Mills pinch hit for Chad Huffman and poked one the opposite way to bring home Shelley Duncan.

Facing a 5-1 deficit heading into the sixth, the Clippers' bats got started with a Cord Phelps solo blast to left.

In the seventh, Jared Goedert's solo homer to right center cut the Tides lead to two. That lead was erased in the eighth as Jerad Head deposited a two-run shot into the left field bleachers.

In his first start since throwing a perfect game Tuesday, Justin Germano went 4.2 innings, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits. The Clippers then burned through their bullpen, which went a combined 8.1 innings of work without allowing a run and struck out 11.

Nick Hagadone (4-1) went three innings and struck out three to pick up the win.

Norfolk starter Brian Matusz went seven innings and gave up three runs but did not earn a decision. Josh Rupe (2-5) picked up the loss after surrendering the single to Mills.

Jeanmar Gomez (10-4, 2.34) takes the hill against Tides right-hander Mitch Atkins (2-4, 3.55), as the Clippers look to take game three of the four game set.

Aeros fall to SeaWolves in finale

The Akron Aeros did break a 26-inning scoreless streak but could only muster one run in the finale of a four-game series against the Erie SeaWolves losing 5-1 Sunday at Canal Park.

With the loss, the Aeros (55-54) lost three of four to the SeaWolves and lost the season series.

Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland suffered the loss for Akron tossing six innings, surrendering four earned runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five.

Right-handed pitcher Rob Waite recorded the win for Erie pitching five scoreless innings, scattering two hits, walking two and striking out one.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, John Murrian singled and advanced to third on a Jamie Johnson double. Brandon Douglas walked to load the bases. Rawley Bishop worked a walk to force home Murrian and give the SeaWolves a 1-0 lead. Bryan Pounds followed with a two-RBI double to increase the lead to 3-0.

The SeaWolves (51-57) added runs in the top of the sixth and eighth innings to make it 5-0.

Akron scored their lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Michel Hernandez RBI single to snap their streak of 26 innings without scoring a run.

That was as close as they would get as Erie went on to the win.

The Aeros are off Monday and will head to Trenton to begin a three-game series against the Thunder on Tuesday. Akron has not announced a starter for Tuesday

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