Game Recaps: Thursday 8/20
Toledo dominates Columbus
Toledo again used the homer to beat the Clippers 10-1 at Huntington Park in front of a record-setting crowd.
Scott Lewis took the mound for the first time in Triple-A this season, trying to work his way back to full health, but got through only two innings. Toledo touched him up for four runs in the second, three of them scoring on Dusty Ryan's home run.
Mike Gosling came on for Columbus and gave up a home run to Don Kelly, the first batter he faced. Gosling then settled down to throw four quiet innings. The Clippers scored a run in the third when Triple-A rookie Ryan Blair tripled and scored on a Niuman Romero base hit.
Toledo got to Gosling in a big way in the seventh. Gosling allowed four runs on six singles to put the Clippers in a 9-1 hole. R.J. Swindle took the ball and got out of the seventh, but he would allow an unearned run in the eighth when Jesus Merchan dropped a pop up on the infield. Zack Jackson pitched a clean ninth.
Nate Robertson started for Toledo and needed just 54 pitches to get through five innings, allowing one run on five hits. Jeremy Bonderman mowed down the clippers over two perfect innings and Clay Rapada pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Josh Rainwater closed it out for the Hens.
Myrtle Beach beat K-Tribe
Myrtle Beach hit four home runs on their way to a 10-6 win Thursday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. With the loss, Kinston split the four game series with Myrtle Beach.
The Pelicans jumped all over Kinston starter Bryan Price, with home runs in each of the first three innings. Ernesto Mejia hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, capping off a four-run frame. Myrtle Beach would extend their lead with three more runs in the second inning, capped off by a two-run home run from Donell Linares. The Pelicans extended their lead to 8-0 with a solo home run from Cody Johnson, his Carolina League leading 29th home run of the season.
Kinston mounted a comeback in the bottom of the third, thanks to an RBI single by Cord Phelps and a two-run home run by Ole Sheldon. The big hit was the tenth home run of the season for Sheldon, cutting the Pelican lead to five.
Bats on both sides would stay silent until the bottom of the eighth inning. Kinston cut the lead to two with RBI