Game Recaps: Thursday 7/9
Trevor Crowe and Wes Hodges each drove in three runs for the Clippers. Chuck Lofgren pitched seven innings, allowing two hits. Frank Herrmann and Masa Kobayashi completed the second shutout of the season for the Clippers.
The Clippers sent at least six batters to the plate in each of the first four innings. Hodges collected his first RBI in the opening inning when he singled home Crowe. In the second, Crowe plated Josh Barfield and Damaso Espino. The scoring continued in the third inning when Hodges launched his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to the concourse area in left field. Marte collected two RBIs in the fourth when he doubled and plated Jordan Brown and Matt LaPorta. A Barfield sac fly scored Hodges to give the Clippers an eight run cushion after four innings.
Lofgren provided the second quality start in a row for the Clippers. He retired the side in order in five of his seven innings. Lofgren finished with one walk and six strikeouts. Herrmann pitched the eighth inning. He allowed a leadoff single, but ended the inning with a strikeout and double play. Kobayashi allowed a two-out single in the ninth before completing the shutout.
The Clippers only other shutout this season came on June 6, a game that Lofgren also started.
Crowe brought home the final run of the game in the eighth inning. His single plated Niuman Romero, who had led off with a double.
Aeros drop series Reading
Reading pounded out double-digit hits the second time in three nights and drew nine walks for good measure, defeating the Aeros 7-4 in front of 3,231 fans at Canal Park Thursday night. The Phillies (50-36) won the season series with their seventh win in 10 contests against Akron (56-31), and also pulled within six games of the Aeros in the Southern Division with four games to play until the All-Star break.