Game Recaps: Saturday 6/27
Durham hammered the Clippers 12-5 Saturday in the series opener at Huntington Park.
The game start poorly for the Clippers when Durham scored four runs in the first. It began with the second pitch of the game, a homer by Henry Mate. Columbus committed three errors in the inning, two by Jordan Brown at first base.
Clippers starter Jack Cassel settled down retiring 14 of the next 15 batters, but in the sixth inning, Matt Joyce doubled and scored on a Justin Ruggiano single. Jon Weber doubled and Ray Olmedo was intentionally walked to load the bases. Craig Albernaz broke the game open with a bases clearing double chasing Cassel from the game. Blaine Neal entered and immediately gave up a two-run blast to Mateo, his second homer of the game, extending the Bulls lead to 10-0.
The bleeding didn't stop when in the seventh. Chris Richard and Weber singled before Ray Sadler plated Richard with a hit. The Bulls added one more in the eighth on a home run by Reid Brignac, putting Durham ahead 12-0.
The Clippers broke up the shutout in the ninth inning, scoring five runs on a single by Andy Marte, a bases loaded walk by Damaso Espino and a two run double by Niuman Romero. Mickey Hall, in the game for Michael Brantley, grounded into a fielder's choice scoring the fifth and final run.
The Clippers attempt to even the series on Sunday at 5:00pm. Lefty Zach Jackson takes the mound for the Clippers against Durham's Matt DeSalvo.
Big Blasts Lead to 8-3 Akron Victory
The Aeros struck for five runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back, rolling to an 8-3 victory over Binghamton before 4,187 fans at Canal Park Saturday evening. Akron won for the 17th time in 21 games and improved to 50-23 overall, while the B-Mets continued their slide in the opposite direction, losing for the 20th time in 26 games this month to sit at 27-46 overall.
Akron jumped out of the gates early and often against Binghamton starter Brad Holt, loading the bases on a pair of walks and a single from Asdrubal Cabrera with only one out in the bottom of the first. Beau Mills then laced a single up the middle to score a pair before Matt McBride drove a three-run homer down the left field line to make it 5-0 just six batters into the game. It was McBride