Game Recaps: Monday 6/1
The Clippers avoided the sweep with a 16-3 blowout of the Norfolk Tides on Monday.
Columbus sent fifteen batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring eleven runs on seven hits. Matt LaPorta and Jordan Brown each scored twice in the inning. The mark tied the Clippers team record for runs in an inning, a feat last accomplished in 1992.
Five Clippers batters had at least two RBIs, with Marte collecting four and LaPorta three. When Michael Brantley singled home Andy Cannizaro in the eighth, every Clipper in the starting line-up had crossed home plate.
Jack Cassel evened his record with his fourth win of the season. Spotted a fifteen run lead after four innings, Cassel only allowed three tallies on eight hits in seven innings of work. He gave up back-to-back doubles in the sixth that scored two runs and a solo home run to Melvin Dorta in the seventh.
The Clippers started scoring in the second inning when LaPorta launched a mammoth shot to left-center for his first homer since returning to Columbus. Brown followed with a double and would score when Marte singled.
The third inning proved to be a historic one for the Clippers. LaPorta had two RBI singles in the inning; Toregas had a two-run double, as did Graffanino. Marte's second at bat of the inning brought home three more runs and gave the Clippers a 13-0 lead.
Brantley and Graffanino both reached base with two outs in the fourth. Travis Hafner doubled to deep center to bring home both runners.
The Clippers damage was done against Tides starter Radhames Liz and reliever Ross Wolf. Liz allowed seven runs in 2.1 IP and Wolf gave up eight runs in 1.1 IP. Four tides finished the night with 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball, including one frame from left fielder Brandon Pinckney.
The Clippers hit the road to begin an eight-game road trip, starting in Charlotte. Columbus' LHP Zach Jackson (3-2, 3.09) will get the start against the Charlotte Knights and RHP Jose Contreras (2-1, 3.04). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm from Knights Stadium.
Aeros Outlast Phillies, 13-10 in 12 Innings
It took season-highs in runs, hits, innings and time of game, but Akron at long last completed an impressive comeback and snapped its four-game losing streak, defeating Reading 13-10 in a 12-inning, 4:31 marathon before 3,139 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. The Aeros improved to 33-16 while the R-Phils slipped to 27-22.
Reading jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings, but Akron battled back with three runs in both the fourth and fifth frames to claim a short-lived 6-5 advantage. The Phillies responded with three in the bottom of the fifth to go back on top at 8-6, but Akron