Game Recaps: Friday 9/4
Columbus scored last in see-saw 12-11 win over Toledo in the final road game of season.
The Clippers got on the board in the second, scoring five runs off Josh Rainwater to support
Ryan Edell's drive for his first Triple-A win. Edell coughed up three runs in the bottom of the inning and another in the third to make it a one-run game.
Columbus put three runs up in the fourth, led by a Mickey Hall two-run homer. In the bottom of the frame, Toledo scraped across one to make it 8-5. Rich Rundles relieved Edell in the sixth and struggled. After allowing a two-run homer and putting another on base, Frank Herrmann came in and gave up a two-run bomb and Toledo had the lead at 9-8. The Hens stretched the lead with a run in the seventh, but the Clippers rallied to tie it at 10-10 on a Jordan Brown's two-run blast.
Toledo took the lead again in the eighth when Max Leon's RBI single. Mike Hessman took the mound after playing the other eight positions throughout the night. The Clippers made two quick outs and the 10,700 fans in Toledo were creating an electric atmosphere, but Columbus would not go quietly. Mickey Hall singled and went all the way to third on a wild pitch. Niuman Romero drove him home to tie it and scored when Audy Ciriaco threw a ball away on a Josh Barfield's ground ball. That gave the Clippers the lead and Greg Aquino tossed a perfect ninth for his 16th save.
Tomlin, Constanza lead Aeros to victory
Josh Tomlin won his 14th game and Jose Constanza set a franchise single-game record with four stolen bases as Akron defeated Erie 5-1 in the opener of a four-game series at Canal Park Friday night. The Aeros improved to a season-high 33 games over .500 at 86-53, while the SeaWolves fell to 71-67 and remained one game behind Reading for the final playoff spot in the Southern
Tomlin made a statement by setting Erie down in order on just seven pitches in the top of the first, while Constanza set the tone offensively in the bottom of the inning. He drew a five-pitch walk from SeaWolves starter Jared Gayhart to open the frame, stole second and third, and scored on a double play ball from Carlos Santana to make it 1-0. Erie got the run back on a solo home run by Jeff Kunkel with two down in the third, but Akron took advantage of a second chance in the bottom of the fourth.
Gayhart recorded the first two outs of the fourth on just three pitches, but then lost the strike zone and walked Lonnie Chisenhall on five pitches. Chisenhall then aggressively moved to second on a wild pitch that Kunkel blocked in front of home plate, but it looked like the rally would end there when Carlos Rivero hit a pop-up to the right side. Erie first baseman Mike Bertram never saw the ball in the twilight sky however, and the ball bounced harmlessly in front of the SeaWolves dugout as Rivero stayed alive. He then took advantage of the opportunity, slicing an RBI double down the right field line to score Chisenhall and put Akron ahead to stay.
Tomlin continued to cruise through the seventh, and the Aeros plated three late insurance runs to put the game away. Constanza singled leading off the seventh and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Beau Mills, and in the eighth Constanza chopped a two-run single back up the middle to account for the final margin.
Tomlin (14-9) earned the win with seven dominant innings, allowing just a run on two hits while setting a new season-high with nine strikeouts. His 14 wins lead the league, and also tied him with Paul Byrd in 1992 for second on Akron