Game Recaps: Thursday 9/3
Mike Hessman's homer, the 200th of his Triple-A career, sent Columbus down to defeat 4-2. The Clippers lost to Toledo for the seventh consecutive time.
Chuck Lofgren struggled against the Mud Hens this season, with three losses in as many starts, but Thursday he tossed five shutout innings while the Clippers built a 2-0 lead.
In the sixth, Lofgren walked the leadoff batter and allowed a hit to put two runners on for Hessman. The Toledo slugger stroked a ball onto Monroe Street for a 3-2 Mud Hens lead. Toledo tacked on an insurance run in the eighth against Zach Jackson for the final score. Lofgren took the loss with six innings of work. Jackson and Greg Aquino each tossed one inning of relief.
Ruddy Lugo beat the Clippers for the third time this season, going seven strong innings, while Freddy Dolsi pitched the final two frames for the save.
Aeros pull away late
Akron overcame a pair of deficits and used a four-run explosion in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good, defeating Altoona 9-6 before 3,827 fans at Blair County Ballpark Wednesday night. The Aeros improved to a season-high 31 games over .500 at 84-53, while the Curve dropped to 60-77.
Altoona opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs off Akron starter Scott
Barnes, but the Aeros answered with three runs in the top of the third. Jared Goedert, who committed two errors in the first, opened the inning with a double and went to third when Jose Constanza beat out a sacrifice bunt attempt. Josh Rodriguez and Carlos Santana then evened the score with consecutive RBI singles, and Lonnie Chisenhall put Akron up by a run at 3-2 with a two-out RBI bloop single.
The Curve retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Barnes, who struggled with his command all night, hit Ray Chang to open the inning. Jeff Corsaletti followed with a single, and after Steve Lerud advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt Brian Friday tied the game with an RBI groundout and Gorkys Hernandez put Altoona in front 4-3 with a two-out RBI single to right.
The Aeros recovered and scored the next five runs however, as Altoona reliever Jared Hughes threw a wild pitch with two down in the sixth to tie the game before allowing all four runs in the seventh. Constanza walked to spark the rally, stole second, and went to third on an infield single by Rodriguez. Santana popped out, but Beau Mills followed with a slow roller to third. Constanza broke on contact, and Chang's throw home sailed over Lerud's head (and may not have been in time anyway). Matt McBride followed with an RBI double to make it 6-4 and knock Hughes from the game, and Carlos Rivero had the big blow with a two-out, two-run single to left-center to push the lead to 8-4.
Altoona got a run back in the eighth, Akron answered in the ninth on a run-scoring double by Rivero, and the Curve added one more in the ninth but couldn't get the potential tying run to the plate.
Carlton Smith (5-2) earned the win out of the bullpen, holding Altoona to a run in 2.1 innings. Hughes (1-6) took the loss, allowing four runs and three hits in just 0.2 innings. Rodriguez had his best night since returning from the disabled list, finishing 4-5 with a run scored and an RBI. It was his first four-hit game since recording a career-high five hits August 26th, 2006 against Batavia while playing for Mahoning Valley. Rivero finished 3-5 with three RBI and has driven in five runs in the first two games of this series, while Mills and Chisenhall both went 2-5. Santana drove in his 94th run of the year and is just three away from tying Wes Hodges' team record, while Constanza scored twice and is up to 93 runs on the year, tying Ken Ramos for fourth on the club's single-season list.
Keys clip K-Tribe in extras
A Kinston error in the bottom of the 12th inning gave Frederick a 3-2 walk-off win Thursday night in Maryland. The Keys avoided the sweep as Kinston took two of three games from Frederick.
Tied at two in the bottom of the 12th inning, Frederick first baseman Joe Mahoney took the first pitch he saw from Kinston reliever Chen-Chang Lee and belted it to the wall for a double. One batter later, the Keys Bobby Stevens laid down a bunt that Lee had trouble fielding, eventually throwing wide of first base and allowing Mahoney to score the winning run. Lee was charged with an error and also took the loss, his record falling to 4-6 on the season.
The K-Tribe started the game off with a bang as Lucas Montero hit a lead off home run in the top of the first inning. It was the fifth home run of the season for Montero. Frederick answered quickly with two hits in the bottom of the first; including an RBI single form Lou Montanez. The Keys would take a 2-1 lead when Mahoney hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning.
The score would remain 2-1 until the sixth inning, when Kinston plated an unearned run of their own. With two outs in the inning, Doug Pickens and Adam Davis reached base on back-to-back infield singles. Ronald Rivas then hit a liner to right field that Frederick