Game Recaps: Friday 8/7
The Buffalo Bisons homered three times and hung on to defeat the Clippers 4-3 Friday night. Clippers starter Ryan Edell struck out the first three batters of the game, and five of the first seven hitters he faced. Mike Lamb launched a solo homerun in the second inning for the first run of the game.
Lamb collected another hit with a single in the fourth inning. Chip Ambres plated Lamb with a two-run blast that put Buffalo ahead 3-0.
Wes Hodges played a role in all three Clippers runs. He hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, a RBI double in the sixth and scored in the same inning off a Stephen Head single.
Rene Rivera hit a solo shot in the sixth inning, giving Buffalo a 4-1 lead. It would turn out to be the winning run.
Edell was making his first start for Columbus. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five. Zach Jackson and Michael Tejera combined to allow two hits over the final three innings.
Columbus and Buffalo will continue the series Saturday at 7:05pm. Right hander Hector Rondon (3-1, 2.79) will start for the Clippers and oppose lefty Adam Pettyjohn (2-7, 4.73).
Rock Cats Outlast Aeros for 9-6 Win
It was an unwelcoming entrance to Double-A for Eric Berger, as the New Britain Rock Cats rocked the new Aeros left-hander for 13 of their 16 hits en route to a 9-6 victory before 6,761 fans at Canal Park Friday night. Akron (70-43) lost for just the second time in 11 games despite getting the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, while the Rock Cats improved to 55-57.
New Britain got to Berger for a run in the first on a two-out RBI double by Luke Hughes, and added three more in the second. Toby Gardenhire and Brian Dinkleman opened the frame with singles, and Steve Singleton scored them both with a two-run triple. Brandon Roberts then followed with an RBI base hit of his own, giving New Britain a 4-0 lead.
The Aeros answered with a run in the bottom of the third but would have argued that they should have scored twice. Carlos Santana was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 4-1, and Beau Mills followed with a fly ball to shallow center field. Akron manager Mike Sarbaugh elected to send speedster Jose Constanza from third base and try to score, and while it looked like Constanza made it in safely umpire Scott Mahoney ruled that he missed home plate and ruled Constanza out, ending the inning on a bizarre double play and leading to Sarbaugh