Game Recaps: Friday 8/21
Toledo dropped the Clippers 4-1 Friday night at Huntington Park. Nate Bump, the starting pitcher for the Mud Hens pitched 7 2/3 innings and picked up the win allowing only one unearned run against the Clippers. Columbus starter Carlos Carrasco pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs dropping to 4-1 since joining the Clippers.
The Mud Hens wasted no time getting on the board as leadoff batter Will Rhymes singled and came around to score on a first inning double by Mike Hessman. The Clippers came right back in the bottom of the first when Mickey Hall was hit by a pitch, Josh Barfield reached on an error and Tony Graffanino singled to load the bases with nobody out. Wes Hodges grounded into a double play, scoring Hall. Toledo re-took the lead in the fourth when Don Kelly walked and scored on Nuiman Romero's second error of the game.
Mike Hessman's sixth inning homer over the left field fence extended the Toledo lead to 3-1. Rich Rundles and Greg Aquino pitched in relief for Columbus. Casey Fein closed the game for his 13th save of the year. The Clippers and Mud Hens conclude the series on Saturday 7:05pm.
Graham Great As Aeros Win 4-1
Connor Graham earned his first win as an Aero in dominant fashion, limiting the Erie SeaWolves to just a solo home run in seven innings of work as Akron claimed a 4-1 victory before 3,574 fans at Jerry Uht Park Friday night. The Aeros upped their record to 77-47 on the year, moving a season-high 30 games over .500 and lowering their magic numbers to 10 over Reading for the Southern Division title and to six and five over Erie and Bowie to clinch a playoff spot, respectively. The SeaWolves dropped to 64-59 with the defeat.
Beau Mills made sure Akron would never trail in the ballgame, cracking a two-run homer to right field with two away in the top of the first. Graham then set the tone on the mound, setting down Erie in 1-2-3 fashion in the bottom of the first en route to recording the first 10 outs of the game in order.
John Drennen provided an insurance run with a solo homer leading off the top of the fifth, and Erie didn