Game Recaps: Friday 5/29
Norfolk pounded Columbus 13-2 Friday night at Huntington Park. Kenny Ray made his first start in the opening game of a four-game set and it didn't go as planned. He gave up eight runs (five earned) in four innings.
The Tides got on the board first when in the second inning, Jolbert Cabrera scored on a throwing error by Andy Cannizaro. In the second inning, the Clippers tied the score on a Chris Gimenez homer to left. Melvin Dorta singled to start the third and Justin Christian doubled. Jeff Fiorentino blooped a single to left plating both runners. Justin Turner later knocked a double, scoring two to put the Tides up 5-1.
The Tides blew the game open in the fourth, scoring three more runs on a sacrifice fly by Christian and a two RBI single by Turner. The Tides added another run in the six after a triple by Florentino, who scored on a groundout.
The Clippers tried to rally in the seventh when Travis Hafner walked with the bases loaded scoring Wyatt Toregas, but the Clippers hit into a double play to end the threat. Tides reliever Freddy Deza pitched the final three innings to earn a save. The Tides finished the scoring with four more runs in the eighth.
David Pauley pitched six innings for the Tides in the victory. The Clippers used four pitchers; John Meloan, Blaine Neal and Masa Kobayashi followed Kenny Ray for Columbus. The Clippers and Tides meet again Saturday at 7:05pm. Kirk Saarloos pitches for Columbus and Chris Waters for Norfolk.
Akron Loses Back and Forth Affair, 11-8
Aeros pitching surrendered season-highs in both runs and homers as Erie took the opener of a three-game series 11-8 before 4,619 fans at Jerry Uht Park Friday night. The SeaWolves improved to 27-19 and pulled to within five games of first-place Akron (32-14).
Erie opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first against Josh Tomlin, but the Aeros responded immediately in the top of the second. A pair of walks opened the inning, and Jared Goedert