Game Recaps 8/9: Rough night for Indians affiliates
The Clippers fell 5-2 to Louisville on Tuesday night at Slugger Field, splitting the brief two-game series.
With the loss, the Clippers fall to 74-43 on the season, but maintained their 13.5 game division lead due to an Indianapolis loss.
Louisville got on the board first, plating two runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning with two sacrifice flies off of Clippers starter Joe Martinez. The Bats scored another pair in the 4th inning again on 2 sac flies for a 4-0 lead that the Clippers would not threaten.
The only Columbus scoring occurred on Luis Valbuena's 15th home run of the season, a 2-run shot in the top of the 6th that cut the lead in half. Louisville right fielder Jeremy Hermida drilled a solo shot in the bottom of the 6th to cap the scoring.
Nick Hagadone tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief and had a little help from Tim Fedroff, who robbed Bats catcher Corky Miller with a sprinting catch at the wall in dead center field.
The Clippers are back at it on Wednesday, entertaining the Indianapolis Indians at Huntington Park at 7:05pm. Cory Kluber will pitch for Columbus against Indy's Rudy Owens.
Aeros muster just three hits, fall to Sea Dogs 9-2
The Akron Aeros scored just two runs on three hits as they lost game one of a three-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs 9-2 Tuesday at Hadlock Field.
Left-handed pitcher Matt Packer suffered the loss for Akron pitching 5.1 innings, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out four.
Right-handed pitcher Craig Haeger recorded the win for Portland tossing seven innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits and striking out nine while walking two.
The Aeros (60-56) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a Juan Diaz RBI sacrifice fly.
The Sea Dogs (49-66) answered in the bottom of the frame. Packer struck out Ryan Khoury to open the inning, but he reached on a wild pitch. Khoury advanced to third on an Alex Hassan double. Mark Wagner followed with a two-RBI triple as the Sea Dogs erased a one-run deficit and took a 2-1 lead. Wagner scored on a Will Middlebrooks RBI single to make it 3-1.
Akron scored again in the top of the second inning when Nick Weglarz came home on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2.
Matt Spring got the run back for the Sea Dogs in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single.
Portland padded their lead scoring five more times as they went on to the win.
The Aeros and Sea Dogs will continue their three-game series on Wednesday. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino, who is 5-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow right-hander Brock Huntzinger, who is 5-9 with a 6.63 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7 p.m.
Moran flirts with no-no in K-Tribe loss
The Lynchburg Hillcats (19-25, 49-65) defeated the Kinston Indians (22-21, 60-52) 9-0 on Tuesday night in Lynchburg Virginia.
The story of the game was starting pitching. The Hillcats starter Gary Moran had a no- hitter bid broken up with two outs in the seventh inning. The single by Jeremie Tice was the first Kinston hit. Moran allowed just three base runners in the ball game. Jeremie Tice also reached on an error, and was eliminated on a fielder