Game Recaps: Sunday 6/14
The Clippers couldn't maintain two leads and lost 7-5 Sunday to the Louisville Bats. The Clippers lost three of four to the Bats and are now two and a half games behind Louisville in the West Division.
Wyatt Toregas, in his first game back after a hand injury, had a two run homer in the third inning. Toregas brought home Andy Marte, who had singled home Matt LaPorta. The Clippers added another run in the third to lead 4-0.
Clippers starter Kenny Ray created some self-inflicted wounds in the fourth. The inning started with a walk and Wes Bankston followed with a two-run blast. After another walk and a single, Louis Bolivar hit into a fielder's choice that scored Darnell McDonald. Danny Richar followed with a single to tie the game at 4-4.
In the bottom of the fourth, Toregas started with a single and scored on a Michael Brantley groundout. The Clippers led 5-4, but managed only two hits the rest of the game.
Ray began the fifth inning by walking two batters. He retired the next two, but a hard Darnell McDonald liner got by Marte and scored both runs.
One inning later, Bolivar singled and stole second. He scored for the second time in the game when Richar singled.
The Bats bullpen shut down the Clippers offense and Josh Roenicke survived a two out double to earn the save.
The Clippers will continue the home stand as they start a four-game series with the Rochester Red Wings. Right-hander Kirk Saarloos (3-7, 5.62) gets the starting nod for Columbus against righty Jason Jones (1-5, 6.98). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Aeros Keep Hot Streak Going, Win 8-0
The Aeros dominated the Portland Sea Dogs for the second day in a row Sunday afternoon, winning by the final score of 8-0 with 4,862 in attendance at Canal Park. Pounding the Sea Dogs pitching staff again, Akron collected nine hits, including a season-high tying five doubles, as they improved to 40-21 with their sixth win in eight contests. Portland dropped back to .500 at 31-31 with the loss.
The blowout began in the bottom of the first, when Sea Dogs starting pitcher Ryne Lawson hit Jerad Head with a pitch before walking Carlos Santana and Beau Mills to load the bases. Matt McBride, who hit his first home run as an Aero yesterday, then blasted a 1-2 pitch on to the boardwalk in left field for the second Akron grand slam of the season and a quick 4-0 lead.
After facing all nine Aeros hitters in the first frame, Lawson walked his fourth batter to lead off the second inning. The speedy Jose Constanza then advanced to third base on a pair of groundouts, and a two-out RBI single from Mills brought him home. Another run came around in the fourth on a pair of doubles from catcher Armando Camacaro and Santana, as the Aeros pounced out to the 6-0 advantage. Akron then capped the scoring with two more in the fifth for the final margin.
Starter Hector Rondon, along with relievers Erik Stiller and Matt Meyer combined to hold the Sea Dogs to only two hits, marking both the second shutout this home stand and the second time the Aeros held their opponents to two hits or less. Rondon delivered four innings of one-hit baseball with three strikeouts, before reaching his pitch limit, and Stiller (4-3) earned his third straight victory with three more innings of one-hit ball, also picking up three strikeouts. The left-handed Meyer then sealed the deal in the eighth and ninth, striking out one while walking a batter as Akron improved to 36-6 when scoring three or more runs this season. Lawson (1-5) took the loss for Portland, allowing all eight runs on eight hits with five walks in five innings.
McBride was the only Aero with a multi-hit performance on the day, while seven players registered exactly one base knock. McBride was the star for the second game in a row, after just returning yesterday from left knee injury that kept him out for a week. He finished 2-4 with a double and the grand slam in the first inning, and has four extra-base hits in his last two games. Camacaro, Santana, Rivero and Head all gathered a double as well, although Head left in the eighth inning after being hit on the wrist with a pitch.
The Aeros now hit the road for a seven-game road trip starting Tuesday with a game at 7:05 p.m. in Manchester, NH against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Left-hander Scott Lewis (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to make his first rehab start for Akron this season as he continues his way back up to Cleveland while recovering from strained left forearm, and will match up with New Hampshire southpaw Luis Perez (4-5, 3.52).
Kinston Swept by Lynchburg, lose finale 9-2
The Carolina League leading Lynchburg Hillcats swept Kinston right out of Historic Grainger Stadium this weekend, finishing the series off with a 9-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Hillcats outscored the Indians 31-9 during the three game set.
Lynchburg started the game right where it left off after Saturday night