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Game Recaps: Saturday 5/23

May 24, 2009
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Columbus has winning steak snapped

Columbus fell 4-3 in Buffalo Saturday, snapping the Clippers season-high five game winning streak.

Each team scratched the scheduled starting pitcher, John Meloan filled in for Jeremy Sowers (recalled to Cleveland) and Nelson Figeuroa got the nod for Dillon Gee (flu-like symptoms).

After each team scored in the opening frame, Buffalo took its' first lead of the series, 2-1 in the second. Argenis Reyes drove in Jesus Feliciano and Buffalo led until the fifth when Trevor Crowe drilled his first home run of the season to tie the game 2-2.

Meloan lasted three innings before making way for Frank Herrmann. Hermann pitched two scoreless frames before Javier Valentin led off the sixth with a double and scored when Mike Lamb singled. Lamb was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, but the Bisons re-gained the lead at 3-2.

Bisons reliever Jon Switzer allowed a solo shot to Jordan Brown, tying the game in the eighth. After Andy Marte singled, Elmer Dessens entered to pitch and induced a double play to end the inning.

Blaine Neal gave up a solo homer to Valentin, which broke the tie and ended the Clippers winning streak. Neal was activated from Mahoning Valley prior to Saturday's game.

Dessens pitched a perfect ninth to finish out the game.

Aeros win in dramatic fashion

The Aeros came back from 4-0 and 6-5 deficits to defeat the Erie SeaWolves Saturday night at Canal Park in front of 7,827 fans. A two-out single by Beau Mills in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Akron the sensational victory, and increased its Southern Division lead to 6.5 games over Erie. The Aeros improved to 30-10 with the win, while the SeaWolves dropped to 24-17.

Erie got on the board early and often, as they erupted for three runs in the top of the first inning against Aeros starter Ryan Edell. Three straight hits with one away loaded the bases, and Brennan Boesch then beat out a potential double play ball to make it 1-0. Alex Avila then blooped a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to push the lead to 3-0, but Edell retired Santo de Leon on a fly to right to end the inning. Edell worked around a leadoff double in the second, but another run came around for the visitors in the fourth when a sacrifice fly by Scott Sizemore bumped the lead up to four runs. The Aeros struck back in the bottom half of that inning though, as Matt McBride (celebrating his 24th birthday) and Nick Weglarz delivered back-to-back RBI singles to cut the deficit in half at 4-2.

The lead completely disappeared for Erie in the fifth, when the Aeros scored three runs in an impressive two-out rally. With Jose Constanza on second base and two gone, Mills extended the inning with a single to right and Carlos Santana proceeded plate both runners with a double to the wall in right-center. McBride then put Akron in front for the first time in the series with an RBI single to make it 5-4, but the SeaWolves immediately returned the favor, putting a two-spot on the board in the top of the sixth. Avila continued his big night with a home run to right field on the first pitch of the inning from reliever Erik Stiller, and Joe Tucker then hit a one-out double to left. Max Leon eventually plated him with a single, bringing Erie back in the lead by a single run at 6-5.

Akron responded with a clutch run in the eighth inning, as all the damage came with two outs yet again. A walk by McBride was the rally starter, and Weglarz then hit a towering drive to right field which bounced off the top of the wall and brought McBride all the way around to score. The Aeros then completed the comeback in the ninth, as back-to-back walks to Head and Constanza and a groundout by Carlos Rivero brought men to second and third with two out. Mills then became the hero by lining a 1-2 pitch to right, scoring Head and giving Akron the walk-off 7-6 victory in stunning fashion.

Vinnie Pestano (2-0) earned the win in relief, skating around a first-and-third situation while turning his fourth straight scoreless outing. Cody Satterwhite (1-3) suffered the loss, permitting the winning run in the ninth. Edell lasted just four innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, but kept the Aeros in the game by stranding four men in scoring position. All of the 3-6 hitters in the Akron lineup had two-hit games on the night, as Mills, Santana, McBride and Weglarz enabled the Aeros to finish 6-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

K-Tribe win 10-5

The 10-run outburst is the highest scoring output for the Indians since April 21 when they scored 15 runs in a win at Myrtle Beach. Kinston

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