Game Recaps: Friday 7/17
The Clippers held on to beat Syracuse 5-4 at Huntington Park. Hector Rondon provided another strong start for the Clippers, pitching six innings and giving up only one run on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Clippers got on the scoreboard in the second inning, exploding for five runs and sending nine batters to the plate. After a leadoff walk to Wes Hodges, Andy Marte hit his second home run in as many nights, his thirteenth of the year. Tony Graffanino doubled and Josh Barfield singled before Damaso Espino stroked a two base hit scoring a pair of runs. Espino was thrown out at home on a single by Michael Brantley, but Jordan Brown singled home Brantley. The inning ended with the Clippers taking a 5-0 advantage.
Rondon gave up his first run in Triple-A when Jorge Padilla singled and came around to score on a hit by Mike Morse in the sixth.
Syracuse crept back into the game in the eighth on two more runs. Jhonatan Solano scored on a Pete Orr double. Orr scored on Mike Morse's fourth hit of the night.
Greg Aquino got the save, but gave up a run when pinch-hitter Corey Patterson singled home Ian Desmond, who had walked earlier in the inning.
Frank Herrmann pitched a scoreless seventh inning before Rich Rundles allowed two runs in the eighth and Aquino permitted one in the ninth.
Aeros Snap Losing Streak with 6-4 Win
Carlos Santana belted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Aeros ended their season-high six-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Bowie Baysox in front of 7,465 fans on Fireworks Friday at Canal Park. It was just the second win in ten contests for Akron (57-36), while Bowie fell to 52-41.
There were some early fireworks in this one, as the first three Aeros reached base against Baysox starter Radhames Liz. Jose Constanza led off with a base hit, and back-to-back errors loaded the bases to start the game. Liz then bounced a pitch past catcher Guillermo Rodriguez for a run-scoring wild pitch, and Beau Mills delivered the big blow with a two-run double to give the Aeros the 3-0 edge. Bowie responded in the next frame however, as Daniel Figueroa