Game Recaps: Thursday 8/13
The Clippers beat Indianapolis 7-6 Thursday night at Huntington Park.
Hector Rondon escaped first inning trouble to last a season-long six and two third innings. He allowed four runs, one earned, on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked a batter.
Jason Donald led the Clippers attack with three hits and three runs scored. Wes Hodges had two RBI for Columbus.
Rondon retired the first two batters of the game before two singles and an error loaded the bases. Two more singles brought home three unearned runs and had a struggling Clipper offense in an early hole.
Columbus got a run back in the bottom of the first when Donald singled and scored on a Matt LaPorta double. Donald manufactured another run when he led off the third with a double and scored on a Hodges sac fly.
With Rondon cruising through five innings, the Clippers offense opened things up in the fifth. Donald and Graffanino both singled to start the rally and Hodges brought home Donald again, and then forced an error by the Indians catcher when he tried to steal second. The errant throw allowed Graffanino to score from third. Lou Marson and Stephen Head each followed with a RBI double. Michael Brantley brought home the fifth run of the inning with a two out single.
Rondon started the seventh and quickly recorded the first two outs. After a single, Rich Rundles was brought on to close the inning. Rundles allowed another single and a run-scoring double before getting the final out.
Zach Jackson allowed a solo homer while pitching the eighth and Greg Aquino gave up a run in the ninth, but held on for his twelfth save of the season.
Aeros unable to complete sweep
Eddy Martinez-Esteve delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning and Connecticut clipped Akron 3-2 in front of 2,869 fans at Dodd Stadium Thursday night. The Aeros fell to 73-45 but still took two of three in the series from the Northern Division-leading Defenders (67-50).
Connecticut opened the scoring in this one, jumping on Aeros starter Eric Berger in the bottom of the first inning. Mike McBryde singled on Berger