Game Recaps: Tuesday 5/26
The Clippers used early offense and solid relief work to beat the Charlotte Knights 7-5 Tuesday. The win snaps a three game losing streak and brings the Clippers back to .500 at 23-23.
Columbus scored a run in the first, three in the second, and another in the third. Michael Brantley scored on an Aubrey fielder's choice in the first. In the second, Andy Marte led off with a single, Barfield reached on an error and Wyatt Toregas singled home Marte. After a walk to Cannizaro, Brantley hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Barfield, and Tony Graffanino hit a fielder's choice to score Toregas. Jordan Brown continued his hot streak by leading off the third with a single. He would later score on a Barfield double.
John Meloan got the start for the Clippers and pitched three innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Zach Jackson was supposed to start, but was put on hold by the Cleveland Indians. Meloan didn't allow a runner to reach in the first two innings, but struggled in the third. Javier Castillo led off with a single, Donald Lucy and Keith Ginter followed with doubles. A Brent Lillibridge fielder's choice plated the third run.
Rafael Perez pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Meloan to earn his first win of the season. He struck out two and allowed three hits.
The Clippers added two insurance runs in the seventh. Michael Aubrey reached on an error and Chris Gimenez followed with a double. Jordan Brown collected his team-high twenty-fifth RBI on a single. After a strikeout, Barfield got his second RBI of the night, driving home Gimenez.
The Knights made things interesting in the eighth when they scored two runs off reliever Tony Sipp, but couldn't manage anymore as Frank Herrmann closed the door in the ninth for the save.
The Knights and Clippers will continue the series Wednesday night at 6:35pm. RHP Jack Cassel (3-4, 6.65) will get the start for the Clippers and oppose LHP Wes Whisler (5-3, 2.44) of the Knights.
Reading Blanks Aeros, 5-0
The Aeros were shutout for the fifth time this year as the visiting Reading Phillies held Akron to just four hits in a 5-0 victory before 4,692 fans at Canal Park Tuesday night. Reading (24-19) won its fifth straight while holding an opponent scoreless for the second straight game and third time in four contests, closing to within seven games of the Aeros (31-12).
The Phillies struck first in the top of the third against Aeros starter Jeanmar Gomez, as a single by number nine hitter Tuffy Gosewisch started the rally. Gomez then bobbled Quintin Berry