Game Recaps: Sunday 6/28
Binghamton finally got the Aeros’ number, taking game three of this four-game series at Canal Park by the final score of 6-4 in front of 3,943 fans at Canal Park Sunday afternoon. The Akron pitchers permitted a season-high 12 walks (although only one came in to score), and three runs in the top of the seventh served as the difference for the B-Mets. The Aeros (50-24) lost for just the fifth time in 22 games while Binghamton improved to 28-46.
Akron scored first in the bottom of the second as Carlos Santana and Beau Mills each lined singles to right field to begin the rally. Santana advanced to third on the base hit by Mills, and came around to score on a 4-6-3 double play by Matt McBride. The B-Mets swiftly responded against Aeros lefty Aaron Laffey in the third however, as a two-out walk to Josh Petersen came back to bite the rehabbing starter. Shawn Bowman drove home Petersen with a double into the right field corner to even the game at 1-1 before Binghamton took a 3-1 lead on a two-run single from Ike Davis in the fourth.
That lead would not last long however, as Akron struck back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jerad Head knocked a single to right-center before Nick Weglarz and Santana each drew walks to load the bases with nobody out, and Beau Mills cut the lead to 3-2 with a sacrifice fly. The Aeros then retook the lead in the fifth, as Jerad Head ripped a two-run, two-out double down the left field line to push Akron to a 4-3 advantage.
Binghamton roared back in the seventh, as Lucas Duda led off with a double and then beat reliever Josh Judy’s throw to third on a sacrifice attempt to put runners on the corners. Another sacrifice advanced Emmanuel Garcia to second as Duda held, and Jonathan Malo looped a two-run single down the right field line to pull the B-Mets back in front at 5-4. Judy walked the next two hitters to load the bases, and southpaw Matt Meyer’s wild pitch brought home the final run of the contest. The Aeros managed just one single over the final three innings.
Mike Antonini (5-2) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief for Binghamton while Judy (3-3) took the loss in blowing his first save opportunity of the season. Former Aero Jim Ed Warden retired Akron in order in the ninth for his first save. Laffey had control issues throughout, walking six batters, allowing five hits and hitting a man while reaching his 80-pitch limit after just 3.1 innings. Weglarz, McBride, and Jose Constanza all ended their season-long hitting streaks by going a combined 0-11 from the plate, but Weglarz managed to extend his on-base streak to 22 games with a walk in the fourth. Head was the main star offensively, finishing 3-4 with a double and two RBI in his 16th multi-hit game.
This four-game series comes to a close on Dollar Dog Monday tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. as you can buy all hot dogs for just $1 a piece throughout the night, with a limit of four hot dogs per trip to the concession stands. Jeanmar Gomez (6-2, 3.06 ERA) takes the mound against Dylan Owen (0-5, 6.83 ERA), as the Aeros aim for the seventh consecutive series victory.
Kinston Beats Myrtle Beach 7-4
The K-Tribe banged out twelve hits, including two home runs, beating Myrtle Beach 7-4 Sunday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. The win snapped a three game losing streak and was the first Kinston win at Historic Grainger Stadium since June 1st.
The Pelicans broke open a 1-1 tie with two runs on four hits in the top of the fifth inning. RBI from Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward put Myrtle Beach up 3-1.
Kinston would start the comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning when Cord Phelps led off with a double. Lonnie Chisenhall drove Phelps home with a triple. Ole Sheldon made it 3-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly driving in Chisenhall. With two outs in the inning, Ronald Rivas singled. Lucas Montero would then give the K-Tribe the lead for good with a two-run home run, his second homer of the season. The K-Tribe would add two more runs with a two-run home run from Adam Davis in the bottom of the eighth inning. Phelps, Chisenhall, Rivas, Montero and Davis each had two hits a piece for Kinston.
K-Tribe starter Eric Berger (6-5) got his sixth win of the season, giving up three earned runs in six innings of work. Dallas Cawiezell picked up his eighth save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth inning. Kyle Landis got his second hold of the season with a perfect seventh inning.
The K-Tribe will take on Myrtle Beach on Monday night at 7pm for game two of the four game series at Historic Grainger Stadium. Monday is Buck Night with $1 hot dogs, fries, beers and sodas. Paolo Espino will take the mound for Kinston.
Captains Stun Suns with Two Runs in the Ninth
Chris Nash singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run as the Lake County Captains edged the Hagerstown Suns 8-7 on Sunday night. The Captains trailed by a run going into the inning. This was the Captains third walk off win of the year.
The Suns got the early lead scoring two runs in the top of the first inning when with two outs, Derek Norris walked and scored on a double by Tyler Moore. Moore scored on a single by Steven Souza and it was 2-0. It went to 3-0 in the top of the second inning when Travis Reagan stole third base and then score when the throw to third went into left field.
The Captains countered with three runs in the bottom of the third when Nate Recknagel walked and went to second on a single by Mark Thompson. Recknagel scored on a Delvi Cid single. Thompson and Cid scored on a double from Wes Hodges and it was tied 3-3. The Suns took the lead back in the top of the fourth inning when Nick Arata grounded out but Charlie Fermaint scored from third base to make it 4-3.
The Captains tied it at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Chris Nash doubled and scored on a double by Recknagel. The Suns made it 5-4 when Steve Lombardozzi singled and stole second. He scored all the way from second on a wild pitch. It went to 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning when Souza singled and stole second and third. He would score on a single by Reagan. The Captains cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth inning when Donnie Webb led off the inning with his fourth home run of the year to make it 6-5. The game was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning when Recknagel hit a two out solo home run, his sixth homer of the year. Derek Norris singled home Lombardozzi in the top of the ninth inning to give the Suns their final lead.
Captains’ starter Trey Haley did not get a decision working 4.2 innings and allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out two. Chris Jones (1-2) got the win pitching 4.1 innings in relief and allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out two. Suns starter Marcos Frias (5-2) also did not get a decision going six innings and allowing five runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out six. Carlos Peralta (4-2) took the loss.
The Captains and Suns wrap up the five game series on Monday night at 7:00 PM. The Captains will have LHP T.J. McFarland (3-3, 4.34) on the mound against Suns LHP Patrick McCoy (2-1, 3.18).
Scrappers Win 5-4
The Scrappers continued an early season pattern of scoring in the first inning on
Sunday night, plating two runs. Going into the game the Scrappers had scored eleven runs in the first inning, the most in any inning so far this season. Lead off man Jordan Henry started the game off with a double and scored on Greg Folgia’s single that went up the middle. Folgia then came home on Jason Smit’s RBI ground out.
Despite the quick start, the Spikes responded off of starter Marty Popham and scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead back 3-2. Popham then settled down and did not allow a run for the next four innings he worked. In the sixth, the Scrappers manufactured a run on a single, a passed ball and a infield single and a throwing error, only to see the Spikes respond in the bottom of the inning scoring a single run to again tie the game up at four.
The Scrappers took the lead for good in the seventh when Jason Smit doubled, went to third on a ground out and then scored on Chun Chen’s RBI single to left-centerfield. Kaimi Mead then worked a scoreless eighth and ninth to record his first save of the season.