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Game Recaps: Friday 7/10

July 11, 2009
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Carmona and Clippers fall
The Clippers opened a three-game road series in disappointment with a 5-4 loss to Louisville.

Fausto Carmona was on his game for the first couple innings, recording all six outs via the ground ball.

Matt Maloney allowed three hits, but no runs for two innings, before the Clippers touched him for a pair runs in the third. Jordan Brown and Andy Marte each had RBI hits for a 2-0 lead that wouldn't survive even one out into the bottom of the inning.

Carmona couldn't find his delivery in the third and Louisville took advantage. The first batter was hit by a pitch and the next four had hits, including Drew Sutton's two-run ground rule double. After a sacrifice fly by Adam Rosales, the Bats had taken a 2-0 deficit and turned it into a 4-2 lead.

The Bats added their final run in the fifth inning on a Chris Heisey solo homer off Carmona. Carmona, making his second start with Columbus, settled down to allow no runs and just one more hit in his final three innings of work.

Maloney tossed three scoreless innings until the seventh, when Josh Barfield singled, Damaso Espino doubled and Michael Brantley hit a sac fly for a 5-3 score. Maloney finished the seventh and made way for Zach Stewart, who finished off the ballgame.

The final play on the contest was an unusual one. With Brantley at second base, Brown hit an infield single. A throwing error on the play plated Brantley, but Brown was thrown out at second to end the ballgame.

Seawolves defeat Aeros
The Erie SeaWolves doubled up the Aeros 6-3 on Friday night in the opener of a four game set.

Erie put four on the board quickly against Aeros starter Bobby Livingston in the second inning, and it would prove to be more than enough for the SeaWolves.

The Aeros scratched out a single run in the third thanks to a Nick Weglarz sacrifice fly that scored Jose Constanza. Erie would add two more runs before the Aeros answered back with two in the 8th. A ground ball combined with an error would score both Constanza and Matt McBride.

K-Tribe defeat Potomac
The Kinston Indians got an outstanding Carolina League debut from 19-year-old pitcher Alexander Perez, as the Indians beat Potomac 6-1 Friday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. 4,207 fans witnessed the win, the second best attendance mark at Kinston this season.

Perez (1-0) picked up the win in his first Carolina League start, scattering six hits through six innings. He did not give up a run, striking out six and walking two. Reliever Kyle Landis was strong from the bullpen, pitching two scoreless innings. Landis gave up one hit and struck out three. Garrison Campfield finished the game for Kinston, giving up a run on a hit and two walks.

Kinston would score all the runs they needed thanks to a big error by Potomac in the bottom of the first inning. With two-outs and two-on, a shallow fly ball to left field was dropped by Jesus Valdez. The error allowed Tim Fedroff to score and Ole Sheldon to advance to third base. One batter later, Ronald Rivas drove in Sheldon with an RBI single to put Kinston up 2-0.

The K-Tribe would add two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, when Lonnie Chisenhall led off the frame with a single. After a Sheldon single and a Roman Pena RBI ground-out; Rivas would single to set up an RBI double from Lucas Montero. The K-Tribe bats would stay quite until the seventh inning when Roman Pena drove in Ryan Blair with a sacrifice fly. Doug Pickens would hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to finish the Kinston scoring. Chisenhall (2-4, run), Rivas and Pickens each had two hits for Kinston.

Big inning costs Captains
A big inning by the Hickory Crawdads aided by some sloppy Lake County Captains defense, translated into a 7-2 victory by the Crawdads on Friday. Hickory has taken two of the first three games of the series and the Captains are now 4-3 on the road trip with one game to be played.

The Captains scored in the first inning when Delvi Cid and stole second. Adam Abraham got an infield single and when the throw o first was wide, Cid scored to make it 1-0. It was tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Davis Paisano doubled and scored on an infield single by Matt West. The Crawdads took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Doug Hogan hit his third home run of the series and it was 2-1. The Captains tied it in the top of the fourth inning when Donnie Webb walked, stole second and went to third base when the catchers throw went into center field. Bo Greenwell singed scoring Webb and it was 2-2.

The Dads broke it open in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring five times with only one of the runs being earned. The inning was highlighted by a two run home run by Erik Morrison and aided by two Captains errors, and it was 7-2.

Captains' starter Brian Grening made his Captains debut and took a no decision going 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out one. Kaimi Mead recorded the final two outs of the third inning and ended up pitching 3.1 innings and allowing five runs, one earned on five hits, walking one and striking out one. Crawdads starter Martin Perez (4-5) got the win pitching five innings allowing two unearned runs on four hits, walking two and striking out five.

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