Game Recaps: Tuesday 5/19
The Clippers (20-20) closed out a series win with a 4-1 victory over Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Columbus has fought back to the .500 mark for the first time since April 16th with nine wins in the last eleven games.
The Clippers started the scoring early, tallying two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Jordan Brown and Josh Barfield. The Yankees got a run of their own as Austin Jackson scored on a Todd Linden single.
The score remained 1-1 until the fifth when J.B. Cox relieved Kei Igawa and allowed a solo home run to Michael Aubrey, his fourth of the season. The final run of the game came as Wilson Valdez was driven home by Trevor Crowe's third hit of the game, making it 4-1.
Following Scranton's two hits in the first inning, Kirk Saarloos pitched no-hit baseball for the next 5.2 innings. Saarloos allowed only six hits over nine innings, his second complete game of the season.
There was a bit of controversy in the third inning when Jordan Brown hit a ground ball just inside first base for a hit, but umpire Derek Crabill confused everyone by signaling a fair ball into foul territory. Brown hesitated momentarily, but then ran all the way to third because Shelly Duncan, the right fielder, didn't chase the ball. Yankees manager Dave Miley argued the call and was ejected.
Josh Barfield had his first multi-hit game since returning to the Clippers roster and Trevor Crowe had his first three-hit game of 2009.
The Clippers are off Wednesday before beginning a four game series in Buffalo. Zack Jackson will start for Columbus Thursday and the first pitch is slated for 1:05pm from Coca-Cola Field.
Tomlin Leads the Way, Aeros Triumph 3-1
Josh Tomlin turned in his third straight quality start and relievers Zach Putnam and Vinnie Pestano combined for three perfect innings of relief as Akron claimed a crisply played 3-1win over Trenton before 3,740 fans at Waterfront Park Tuesday. The Aeros improved to 28-8, going 20 games over .500 in just their 36th contest of the season and keeping the best record in all of professional baseball. The Thunder fell to 16-19.
Akron wasted no time in putting a run on the board, as Carlos Rivero drew a one-out walk in the top of the first and alertly went to third on Beau Mills