Game Recaps: Sunday 8/23
The Clippers snapped a six-game losing skid with a 2-1 win in 12 innings at Indianapolis. The Clippers scored first in the third inning when Niuman Romero singled and scored on Wes Hodges' base hit.
Hector Rondon authored five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits heading into the sixth frame. The Indians finally got to the Venezuelan righty with three hits, scoring on a Jeff Clement ground out to tie the game. Indians starter Eric Hacker went five innings for Indy and Rondon tossed seven frames, both allowed one run and neither factored in the decision.
The score stayed knotted until Josh Barfield led off the 12th inning with a homer against Jeremy Powell, who was in his fourth inning of relief work. Greg Aquino slammed the door for the save. R.J. Swindle picked up the win by virtue of a scoreless 11th inning. Jose Veras and Frank Herrmann combined for three shutout innings prior to Swindle's appearance.
Ryan Edell matches up against Indy's Brad Lincoln in the second game of the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm Monday.
Four More Homers Power Erie
The SeaWolves pounded four home runs for the second straight game, including three in the bottom of the first inning, and never looked back en route to an 8-1 triumph over Akron before 3,101 fans at Jerry Uht Park Sunday afternoon. Erie improved to 66-59 and pulled to within a half-game of Reading for the wild card in the Southern Division, while the Aeros fell to 77-49. Reading's loss at New Britain also lowered Akron's magic number to seven to clinch the division.
The Aeros threatened in the top of the first, as Jose Constanza singled to start the game and Carlos Santana added a base hit two batters later. Erie starter Ramon Garcia doused the fire there however, getting Matt McBride on a foul out and Jared Goedert on a fly to center to end the frame.
The SeaWolves then went right to work in the bottom of the first, as Danny Worth ripped a double past Goedert at third base on Scott Barnes' first pitch of the game. Barnes then walked the next two hitters to load the bases, and Ryan Strieby made him pay with a grand slam to right-center to make it 4-0. Casper Wells followed with a solo bomb, and two batters later Santo de Leon went deep to push the margin to 6-0. Strieby homered again leading off the third and de Leon added an RBI double as Erie led by eight after just three innings.
Akron loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth but couldn’t score, as Deik Scram threw out Jose Constanza at the plate on McBride's fly ball to left. A double play thwarted another chance in the seventh, although the Aeros finally avoided the shutout in the eighth on Goedert's RBI double.
Garcia (3-3) blanked Akron for 5.2 innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while not recording a strikeout. Barnes (1-1) was touched for eight runs and six hits in five innings before Carlton Smith and Neil Wagner combined to record the final nine outs in order. Akron out-hit the SeaWolves 8-6, with only John Drennen finishing without a knock.
The Aeros will look for a split in this four-game series Monday night at 7:05 p.m., as southpaw Eric Berger (1-1, 3.57 ERA) takes on Erie lefty Jon Kibler (6-8, 4.17 ERA).
The K-Tribe Drops Both Games to Wilmington
The Kinston Indians dropped the final two games of their series with Wilmington, both by the score of 3-1, Sunday afternoon in Delaware. It is the first time Kinston has lost back-to-back games in August. The losses also give Wilmington the series, as Kinston drops their first series of the month as well.
In the second game of the day, Wilmington got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Jamar Walton hit and RBI double, driving in Clint Robinson. The Blue Rocks would expand their lead when Mike Moustakas hit a home run in the bottom of the third inning, his team leading 14th of the season. The Blue Rocks would extend their lead to 3-0 when Nick Van Stratten drove home Robinson with an RBI single, Wilmington