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Game Recaps: Thursday June 18

June 19, 2009
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Clippers drop finale

The Clippers finished a disappointing home stand with a 4-2 extra-innings loss to Rochester Thursday afternoon.

Columbus managed just two wins in the home stand after dropping three of four against the Red Wings.

Each team scored early, with Rochester plating a run in the first and the Clippers taking the lead on an Andy Cannizaro two-run homer in the second. Cannizaro just missed another blast home run in the seventh.

The score stood 2-1 until the eighth when pinch-hitting David Winfree drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to force extra innings.

Aaron Laffey pitched three rehab innings, allowing one run on five hits with one walk. He handed the ball to Zack Jackson, who struggled in his last two outings. This time Jackson was very strong for the Clippers, throwing four scoreless innings before the sac fly.

Jackson pitched into the tenth, but walked a pair of batters before leaving with two outs. Vinnie Chulk faced Winfree, who promptly doubled to the gap in left center, scoring two and ultimately winning the game.

Aeros fall in ninth

Nick Gorneault capped a three-hit night with the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth and New Hampshire avoided a four-game sweep with a 2-1 win over Akron before 4,238 fans at Stadium Thursday night. The Fisher Cats improved to 29-38 while the Aeros fell to 43-22.

Akron struck first, as Jose Constanza opened the contest with a double and scored on a two-bagger from Nick Weglarz to make it 1-0 just three batters into the game. The Aeros would get just one runner into scoring position over the final eight frames however, and New Hampshire tied it in the fourth when Brian Dopirak launched a solo home run to right-center. Dopirak then led off the ninth with a double, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on Gorneault

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