Game Recaps 8/18: Mills slams Clippers to a win
|Beau Mills (Photo: IPI)|
Beau Mills' eighth inning grand slam lifted the Clippers to a 7-5 victory over Pawtucket.
After putting two men on with nobody out, Pawtucket reliever Scott Atchison almost escaped the inning without damage. However, Mills jumped on a 1-1 Atchison offering and snuck one over the fence in left.
Zach McAllister gave up four runs in the second but got in a groove after the rough inning. McAllister (10-3) went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and struck out five.
Paul Phillips' second inning sac fly gave the Clippers an early lead. They would not score again until Jared Goedert's two-run homer in the fourth.
Josh Judy gave up a leadoff single in the ninth but retired the next three Red Sox hitters to earn his twenty-first save.
The victory moves the Clippers to 80-47 on the year and their magic number to clinch the IL West is four.
The teams complete their four game set Friday at 7:05pm.
Adams punches out nine, but Aeros lose
Right-handed pitcher Austin Adams struck out nine batters, but allowed a Derek Norris three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning that proved to be the difference as the Akron Aeros lost the rubber match of a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators 4-2 Thursday at Canal Park.
With the loss, the Aeros (64-60) have fallen six games back of the first place Senators and four games back of second place Bowie for the Western Division Wild Card spot with 18 games left to play.
Adams suffered the loss for Akron tossing seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits and walking none.
Left-handed pitcher Danny Rosenbaum recorded the win for Harrisburg lasting 6.2 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, walking three and striking out one. Right-hander Pat Lehman got the last three outs to earn the save.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when the Senators (70-54) took a 1-0 lead on a Kyle Bellows fielding error that allowed Archie Gilbert to score.
The Aeros tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Cristo Arnal scored on a Josh Johnson fielding error.
In the top of the seventh inning, Norris hit a three-run home run to give the Senators a 4-1 lead.
Akron scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, but that was as close as they would get as they lost the rubber match.
The Aeros will begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Friday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher Matt Packer, who is 6-11 with a 4.41 ERA in 2011. He will face right-handed pitcher Justin Fitzgerald, who is 8-7 with a 3.42 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Kinston wins 9-3
The Kinston Indians (29-23, 66-54) defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (25-28, 65-57) on Thursday night. With the victory, Kinston moves into first place by a half game in the Carolina League South Division. Kinston won the game by a score of 9-3.
Kinston took the early lead by scoring 2 runs in the first and 3 runs in the second. In the top of the first inning Jeremie Tice hit his tenth homerun of the season. The two run shot put the K-Tribe up by a pair headed to the second inning. In the Top of the second Jordan Casas was up with the bases juiced. Jordan promptly cleared the bases with a double. The score was 5-1 Kinston headed the to the third inning.
The Pelicans cut the lead down to three when they plated a run in the bottom of the third inning. After a leadoff walk, Andrew Clark doubled him home on a liner down the right field line. The game was a headed to the forth was still within reach for the Pelicans.
In the Fifth Kinston Plated two more runs. With two outs Tyler Cannon singled and then scored on the Casey Frawley double. Frawley then hustled home on the Justin Toole opposite field single. That closed the book on Myrtle Beach Pelicans