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Game Recaps: Saturday 7/25

July 26, 2009
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Clippers rally falls short
The Red Sox out-slugged Columbus 13-11 Saturday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

The first two games of the series could not have been more different. One night after a 3-1 Clippers win that saw ten combined hits, the teams totaled 24 runs on 34 hits. Friday night there were eight total runners left on base, Saturday, the teams combined to strand 19 runners. The starters in the series opener went 13 innings, allowing three runs on six hits; Saturday's starters gave up 14 runs on 21 knocks.

Kenny Ray allowed ten runs in the first three innings, putting the Clippers in a huge hole. He went two more scoreless frames and Frank Herrmann threw two shutout innings, while the offense chipped away at the 10-1 deficit.

Trevor Crowe drove in a run and Jordan Brown added two more in the fourth to make it 10-4. Things stayed quiet until the seventh when Tony Graffanino doubled home a run and Josh Barfield earned his second RBI of the game. The Clippers got to within a run in the eighth when, following a Matt LaPorta sac fly, Wes Hodges drilled a two-run homer for a 10-9 score.

The Sox broke a string of four scoreless innings in the eighth. After Rich Rundles loaded the bases, Jensen Lewis gave up a three-run double to Travis Denker for a 13-9 Pawtucket lead. The Clippers scored a pair in the ninth on a Brown double and a wild pitch and the tying run was at the plate, but LaPorta struck out to end the game.

Altoona beats Aeros
The visiting Altoona Curve defeated Akron Saturday night by the final score of 9-3 in front of a crowd of 4,889 fans at Canal Park. Cleveland Cavaliers legend Austin Carr attended the contest, but witnessed the Curve best the Aeros by collecting 11 hits and scoring nine unanswered runs in just their sixth win in 20 games against Akron on the season. The loss dropped the first-place Aeros to 62-39 while Altoona improved to an inversely proportionate 39-62.

Akron struck first with a monster first inning against Altoona lefty Kyle Bloom. Jose Constanza began the frame with a walk, and Nick Weglarz followed two batters later with an infield single. With two men on base and one out, Carlos Santana smacked his second home run in as many nights on a towering shot to left field, giving the Aeros a quick 3-0 lead. It was his team-leading 17th home run of the season for the switch-hitting catcher, whose solo home run in the sixth inning last night provided the winning margin.

The Curve would control the game from there however, as Bloom settled down and the red-hot Altoona offense collected a pair of two-run innings to take the lead. Jim Negrych got the visitors on the board with an RBI groundout in the top of the third and Jose Tabata followed with an RBI single to make it 3-2, his fifth hit in six at-bats in the series. Brian Friday then led off the fifth with a single to left, and clean-up hitter Pedro Alvarez belted a two-run homer in the Altoona half of the bullpen to put the Curve up 4-3.

The Aeros threatened in the seventh with one-out walks to Cristo Arnal and Constanza, but Curve relievers Sean Smith and Corey Hamman combined for the final two outs. Altoona then broke the game open in the top of the eighth against a pair of Akron relievers as Carlton Smith began the frame by allowing a double to Tabata and a pair of walks. Left-hander Matt Meyer came into the game and got an out with a fielder

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