Game Recaps: Thursday 5/21
The Clippers started off strong, stringing five hits together in the first inning to plate four runs. Trevor Crowe began the threat with a double to left. Major league rehabber Travis Hafner then singled to left to score Crowe. That hit was followed by another single to left from Chris Gimenez. Jordan Brown then doubled to plate a run with Andy Marte singling for an RBI as well. The rally finished when Josh Barfield drove a sacrifice fly to left.
The Herd had an answer in the first, however, cutting a 4-0 lead to a 4-3 difference. Fernando Martinez doubled with two outs ahead of Wily Mo Pena reaching on an error. The error allowed F-Mart to score. Javier Valentin then homered to left field to make it a 4-3 game.
The Clippers got back to hitting in the second, putting another run across on a Crowe single and Hafner double. Columbus led 5-3 until the seventh when Hafner plated Michael Brantley with a single for the team's final run.
Buffalo did get on the board again in the seventh as well. Mike Lamb scored on an Argenis Reyes groundout. The run made the score its final 6-4.
Michael Antonini took the loss in just his second career Triple-A start. The win went to former Bison Zach Jackson.
Perfect game powers Aeros
Jeanmar Gomez delivered the first perfect game in Aeros franchise history as they defeated the Trenton Thunder by the final score of 3-0 in front of 6,344 fans at Waterfront Park on Wednesday. Gomez retired all 27 Thunder batters he faced on the day, finishing off the very first individual no-hitter in franchise history in perfect fashion. Akron takes the three-game series from Trenton (17-20) with the win, improving to 29-9 on the season.
The Aeros batters provided all the support Gomez would need in the top of the third inning by manufacturing a pair of runs. Carlos Rivero kicked off the frame with a single to left, and then Beau Mills extended his hitting streak to three games with his eighth double of the season to right field. Rivero came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Santana, and then Mills scored on a throwing error by Trenton 3B Marcos Vechionacci to give Akron the early advantage.
As the Thunder continued to put up zeroes on the scoreboard, the Aeros delivered again with a run in the seventh inning. Cristo Arnal picked up his second hit in his first day as an Akron Aero to start the rally, and Niuman Romero moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Rivero then gathered another single, scoring Arnal and providing the final margin of the game at 3-0.
Gomez, a 21-year-old native of Venezuela, was the story for the day today as he pitched the first nine-inning, complete game shutout since Adam Miller did so in August 2006. In retiring all 27 batters, he struck out eight men, while ten hitters flied out, and nine grounded out. It was just the third no-hitter of any kind in franchise history dating back to 1989 in Canton as the two other no-hitters featured two and three pitchers respectively, during the 2003 season. In addition, Gomez