Game Recaps: Saturday 8/29
The Clippers came out on top of a 5-3 decision over the Louisville Bats Saturday at Slugger Field.
Columbus jumped on young left-hander Travis Wood in the first inning with a pair of runs and scored two more in the third on a Wes Hodges single. Clippers starter Chuck Lofgren, meanwhile, shut out the Bats over the first four innings before yielding a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly.
Lofgren got into trouble in the sixth, giving up a two-out RBI double to Wes Bankston to make it 4-2. With the tying runs in scoring position, Torey Lovullo called to the bullpen for Frank Herrmann. Herrmann induced a groundout to end the threat.
Michael Brantley padded the lead with a solo blast to lead off the seventh inning.
Herrmann authored 2.1 innings of shutout baseball before handing the ball to Greg Aquino, who struggled, but nailed it down for his 15th save of the season.
Despite losing the game, the Bats clinched the West Division title courtesy of Toleo's loss to Indianapolis.
The final game of the Louisville series takes place at 6:15pm Sunday. Clippers lefty Ryan Edell pitches against Louisville's Ben Jukich.
Aeros Pound Binghamton, 13-3
Seven players had multi-hit games and Akron lowered its magic number to one to clinch the Southern Division regular season title, hammering Binghamton 13-3 before 5,579 fans at Canal Park Saturday night. The Aeros (81-52) were denied a chance to celebrate however, as the club entered play needing a win and a Reading loss to clinch the top seed in the playoffs, and the Phillies were suspended in the bottom of the second inning. Binghamton fell to 50-81.
The Aeros opened the scoring in the bottom of the second with RBI hits from Jerad Head and Carlos Rivero, but the B-Mets answered and eventually tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Akron exploded for four runs in the bottom of the inning however, as two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Jose Constanza then put the Aeros ahead to stay with an RBI infield single, Josh Rodriguez followed with an RBI knock to center, Carlos Santana added a sacrifice fly and Beau Mills capped the frame with a run-scoring fielder