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Game Recaps 7/4: McFarland leads Akron

Game Recaps 7/4: McFarland leads Akron
July 5, 2011
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T.J. McFarland (Photo: Lianna Holub)
McFarland, Aeros Down Curve On Independence Day

Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland allowed just one unearned run over seven innings of work and the Akron Aeros backed him with seven runs of their own to win game one of a four-game series against the Altoona Curve 7-1 Monday at Blair County Ballpark.

McFarland recorded his fifth win of 2011 scattering five hits and striking out five while walking two.

Left-hander Jeff Locke suffered the loss for Altoona lasting five innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and striking out seven while walking one.

Following the win, Akron is now 5-2 on Independence Day since 2005.

The Aeros (42-42) got on the board in the top of the second inning. With one out, Raul Padron walked and advanced to third on a Michel Hernandez single. Ben Copeland followed with a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Padron and giving the Aeros a 1-0 lead.

It remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning when Copeland singled home Hernandez to give Akron a 2-0 lead. Copeland stole second, when Karexon Sanchez was called out on strikes, and advanced to third on a Jordan Henry ground out. Juan Diaz singled home Copeland to give the Aeros a 3-0 lead.

Akron added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Nick Weglarz and Kyle Bellows rapped back-to-back singles to open the inning. Padron followed with an RBI single scoring Weglarz and giving the Aeros a 4-0 lead. With one out, Copeland doubled home Bellows and Padron to make it 6-0. With two outs, Copeland scored on a Henry single increasing the lead to 7-0.

Altoona (36-46) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but drew no closer as the Aeros went on to the win.

The Aeros and Curve will continue their four-game series Tuesday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz, who is 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 2011. He will face right-handed pitcher Aaron Pribanic, who is 5-6 with a 4.08 ERA this season. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

Bats trump Clippers 5-4 in 13 innings

On Independence Day, it was the Louisville Bats outlasting the Columbus Clippers 5-4 in 13 innings.

After a quiet first two innings, the offense came alive for the Columbus bats. A Luis Valbuena single, a Chad Huffman walk, and a Jerad Head walk loaded the bases with one out. Two batters later, Tim Fedroff came to the plate, looking to help get the Clippers on the board. Alonso's error allowed Fedroff to reach safely and two runs came in as Columbus jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

The Bats came right back in the bottom half of the third. Kristopher Negron singled with one out. Bats shortstop Zach Cozart knocked in Negron with an RBI triple to cut it to 2-1. Cozart then came into score on an RBI groundout by Dave Sappelt and we were back to square one with the game tied at 2-2. But the Bats were not done there offensively. After Yonder Alonso walked, Bats catcher Devin Mesoraco belted a line drive two run shot over the left center field wall to give Louisville a 4-2 lead.

Columbus needed a response and they would get in the top of the 5th. Chad Huffamn hit a one hit double, setting the stage for Jered Head who played long ball. Head's two run bomb, his 12th of the season, tied the ballgame at 4-4.

There would be no more scoring in regulation innings, which meant extras in Louisville. Luis Valbuena led off the 10th inning with a walk. Chad Huffman followed with a walk of his own. Jerad Head attempted to bunt the runners over, but it ended being a pop out that turned into a momentum shifting double play with Valbuena double off at second. Jared Goedert came to the plate with two outs. Chad Huffman took off for second and the throw from Mesoraco went into center field, allowing Huffman to advance all the way to third. Unfortunately, he was stuck at third as Goedert struck out swinging to the end the inning.

The Bats would put runners on 1st and second with two outs in the bottom of the 10th. Yonder Alonso, a batter that has been known to hit the ball hard for Louisville, hit a line drive down to third, but the ball found Jared Goedert's glove for the third out of the inning.

After a quiet top of the 11th for Columbus, the Bats would threaten again. But again, the Clippers were able to get out of the frame thanks to their infield turning a textbook 5-4-3 double play.

Fast forward to the bottom of the 13th. After a Yonder Alonso strikeout, Devin Mesoraco laced a triple down the right field line. Jeremy Hermida was intentionally walked to set up the potential double play. Todd Frazier hit a grounder to Luis Valbuena who threw home to try to cut down Mesoraco, but the throw was not in time as Louisville walked off with a 5-4 extra inning 4th of July victory.

The Clippers will continue their three game series in Louisville Tuesday night. Scott Barnes (7-2) will oppose Louisville right-hander Chad Reineke (6-5). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Kinston Beats Frederick 3-2

In front of 5,169 fans, Kinston held on for a 3-2 win over Frederick Monday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. The attendance total was the second largest to see a K-Tribe home game in more than ten years. With the win, Kinston (8-4, 46-35) owns the best second half record in the Carolina League.

Jacob Julius started the scoring for Frederick when he hit a home run off of K-Tribe starter Marty Popham, his former college teammate, in the top of the third inning. Kinston would come back quickly in the bottom of the frame when Abner Abreu led off with a triple. Roberto Perez would then tie the score with a run scoring single. Delvi Cid followed with a single and both runners advanced with a wild pitch. Tyler Holt then drove Perez home with a sacrifice fly to center field, giving Kinston a 2-1 lead. Holt and Abreu would each have two hits for Kinston.


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