Game Recaps: Sunday 5/10
The Clippers withstood four innings from Daisuke Matsuzaka and beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-1 in front of a capacity Mother's Day crowd at Huntington Park. Pawtucket gave Matsuzaka a quick lead when the second batter of the game, Jonathan Van Every, hit a Zach Jackson pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run.
In the fifth inning, Pawtucket replaced starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka with knuckleballer Charlie Zink. The Clippers scored two runs on no hits after four walks and sacrifice flies by Wes Hodges and Tony Graffanino.
The Clippers added to the lead in the seventh inning when Trevor Crowe walked and Hodges hammered a two-run homer increasing the lead to 4-1.
Rich Rundles pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the year. Frank Herrmann also delivered a pair of shutout frames. Zach Jackson earned the win with five innings of work. The pitching trio allowed only three hits.
Matsuzaka, who is recovering from a mild right shoulder strain, is likely to make another rehab start for Pawtucket on Friday in Toledo. He threw 58 pitches, 37 for strikes against the Clippers, allowing four hits and waking two in four scoreless innings.
The series finale is Monday night at 6:35pm.
Aeros Win 8-2, Sweep Senators Again
Starting pitching was the story once again for Akron, as left-hander Chuck Lofgren crafted a quality start and the Aeros completed their second three-game sweep of the Harrisburg Senators this year by the final score of 8-2 Sunday at Canal Park. The California-born Lofgren delivered the third consecutive quality start for Akron pitching as the club improved to 8-0 against Harrisburg this season before 1,852 fans. The Aeros also upped their record to 22-5 overall, the best mark in all of professional baseball, while the last-place Senators fell to 6-21.
The Aeros got on the board in the first inning when back-to-back, two-out singles by Beau Mills and Carlos Santana ignited the rally. Niuman Romero was then plunked by a pitch, and Canadian sensation Nick Weglarz singled home both Mills and Santana to give Akron an early 2-0 advantage.
Harrisburg put up its first run of the day in the top of the third, as an RBI groundout off the bat of Edgardo Baez plated Ofilio Castro. The Aeros responded by manufacturing two more runs in their half of the third however, as a passed ball brought home Mills and a sacrifice fly from Damaso Espino scored Santana, bringing the Akron lead to 4-1.
More run support came around for Akron in the fourth, when Jared Head doubled just past the third base bag leading off. Jose Constanza picked up a beautiful single on a bunt down the third base line, and Harrisburg intentionally walked Mills to load the bases. Senators