Game Recaps: Tuesday 6/2
The Clippers couldn't overcome mistakes and missed opportunities in a 3-1 loss to the Charlotte Knights.
A throwing error by Gordon Beckham allowed Mickey Hall to score the first Clippers run in the third inning. Michael Brantley moved to third on the play, which started with a Brantley bunt. Starter Jose Contreras then walked the bases loaded, but the Clippers could not deliver a hit and it would come back to haunt them.
A pair of Clippers errors led the way to a two-run Charlotte third. With one out, Brent Lillibridge singled and an Andy Marte error put two on for Andy Phillips. Phillips singled to left and on the play, Mickey Hall booted the ball and Lillibridge scored. The Knights took a 2-1 lead on a ground out.
Charlotte manufactured a run in the sixth on a Donny Lucy sacrifice fly to make it a 3-1 game. Contreras retired two batters in the seventh and made way for lefty Mike Johnston, who retired four Clippers in a row. Adam Russell closed the game for his third save.
Zach Jackson threw seven innings, allowing only one earned run, but took the loss. Masa Kobayashi entered in the eighth and loaded the bases with one out, but survived without allowing a run.
The loss sends the Clippers back under the .500 mark, holding a half-game lead over Louisville in the West Division.
The second game of the series begins at 7:15pm Wednesday with Kenny Ray pitching against Charlotte's Justin Cassel, brother of Clippers hurler Jack Cassel.
7th Inning Buries Aeros in 12-5 Loss
The Phillies exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh, turning what had been a 5-4 Akron lead to a 12-5 advantage and eventually a victory before 3,535 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium Tuesday. Reading improved to 28-22 while the Aeros slipped to 33-17.
Akron got off to a quick start, as Beau Mills dropped a double down the left field line with two away in the top of the first and Carlos Santana followed with a two-run homer to right-center to put the Aeros up 2-0. Michael Taylor cut the lead in half with a solo homer in the bottom of the frame, but the Aeros tallied twice more in the fourth on an RBI single from Armando Camacaro and a run-scoring double from John Drennen to push the lead to 4-1.
Reading responded again however, as with two on and two out in the bottom of the fourth Kevin Mahar lofted a three-run homer just over the fence in right to knot the game at 4-4. Akron retook the lead in the next half-inning though, as Santana crushed a solo home run over the roof covering the patio in right field for his second home run of the night and a 5-4 Aeros lead.
Starter Ryan Edell set Reading down in order in the fifth and reliever Zach Putnam stranded a pair of inherited runners in the sixth, but things fell apart for Akron in the seventh. The trouble started when Putnam walked Paul Bako to start the inning, and Ozzie Chavez then lined a single to right. Quintin Berry followed with a bunt that Putnam and third baseman Jared Goedert both froze on, allowing Berry to beat the throw and loading the bases with no one out. Brad Harman then put the Phillies in front for the first time with a two-run double to left center, and Reading would go on to score six more times in the inning while sending 11 men to the plate. The eight runs in the inning were a season-high for Akron pitching.
Tyson Brummett (3-5) earned the win with four shutout innings of relief, his first victory in 12 career appearances at FirstEnergy Stadium. Putnam (1-1) was tagged for eight runs and five hits in just two-thirds of an inning, and his ERA jumped from 1.93 to 6.75 following the outing. Edell didn