Game Recaps: Sunday 5/31
The Norfolk Tides beat the Clippers 7-3 on Sunday at Huntington Park.
One bad inning spoiled Chuck Lofgren's debut. He gave up four runs in the fourth inning and that was all the Tides needed to knock off the Clippers for the third straight day.
The Tides got on the board in the second inning; Jolbert Cabrera singled and eventually scored on a single by Steve Torrealba. Lofgren allowed the Tides to load the bases before Justin Christian doubled to left center field, scoring three more runs.
The Clippers cut the lead in half in the fourth thanks to a two out Michael Aubrey double followed by a homer from Tony Graffanino.
Columbus drew within one in the fifth when Wyatt Toregas opened the inning with a single and scored from third when Josh Barfield grounded into a double play.
The Tides pulled away in the eighth on a double by Justin Turner and an Oscar Salazar two-run blast. The Tides finished off the scoring with a single tally in the ninth.
Tides starter Andy Mitchell garnered the win, allowing three runs in six frames. Kam Mickolio and Chris Ray delivered three shutout innings with Ray earning the save.
Jeff Herrmann relieved Lofgren in the fifth and pitched three scoreless innings for the Clippers. Masa Kobayashi, Tony Sipp and Rich Rundles combined for the final two innings of work, allowing three runs.
The Clippers and Tides finish the series Monday at 6:35pm.
SeaWolves Complete Sweep, Down Aeros 7-2
The Aeros were swept for the first time all season Sunday, falling to Erie 7-2 before 4,063 fans at Jerry Uht Park. Akron was out-scored 22-11 in the three games, and was swept in a three-game series for the first time since August 22-24 of last year at New Britain. Erie improved to 29-19 with the win and pulled within three games of the first-place Aeros (32-16) in the Southern Division.
Akron opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but it could have been much more. Jose Constanza began the contest with a smash to first for an infield single, and Erie starter Luis Marte then issued consecutive walks to Carlos Rivero and Beau Mills to load the bases. Carlos Santana followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Aeros a quick 1-0 lead, but Marte recovered to get Jared Goedert and Nick Weglarz on fly balls to escape any further damage.
Aeros starter Jeanmar Gomez ran into trouble in each of the first two innings but escaped by stranding runners at the corners in both frames. He was not as fortunate in the third however, as Andy Dirks tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single to right and Mike Holliman followed with a two-run triple off the wall in right-center to make it 3-1 (Holliman was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it to an inside-the-park home run).
The SeaWolves pulled away in the fourth, scoring four runs on six hits in the inning for the second straight game. Cale Iorg led off with a bloop single to center, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on Scott Sizemore