Game Recaps: Tuesday 7/21
Clippers fall to Scranton Wilkes-Barre 2-1
The Clippers fell in a pitcher's duel, losing 2-1 to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday night.
Fausto Carmona and Kei Igawa battled through seven innings. Carmona allowed a solo homer in the second to Yurendell de Caster. The Yankees didn't record another hit until a double in the seventh. Colin Curtis plated the winning run when Eric Duncan grounded to first. Fausto allowed two runs on five hits in his night of work, striking out eight and walking one.
Igawa was even better for the Yankees. He scattered four hits through seven innings, walking one and striking out four. While Igawa was on the mound, the Clippers failed to advance a runner to third base, stranding six players in the process.
Damoso Marte pitched the eighth inning on a rehab assignment for the Yankees. After recording the first two outs, Marte ran into trouble. Marte walked Jordan Brown and allowed a double to Matt LaPorta. Wes Hodges singled to right, scoring Columbus' only run. LaPorta tried to score on the play, but tripped while rounding third base and was tagged out. Right fielder Shelley Duncan threw LaPorta out at the plate.
Jensen Lewis pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the Clippers. Lewis has not allowed a run in his 13 innings with Columbus, the second longest streak for a Clippers pitcher this season.
The Clippers and Yankees will continue the series Wednesday at 7:05pm from Huntington Park. Hector Rondon (2-0, 0.75) will make his third start for Columbus and Josh Towers (3-5, 4.26) will toe the rubber for Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
Erie Downs Aeros Yet Again, Win 5-2
It was a familiar scene in Erie Tuesday night as the SeaWolves defeated the Aeros by the final count of 5-2 at Jerry Uht Park with 4,733 fans in attendance. It was the 11th win in 13 contests against the Aeros this season for Erie. Six of the last seven Akron (59-38) losses are now courtesy of the Seawolves, who improved to 54-42.
The scoring began for Akron in the third. Kyle Haines walked to lead off the inning. Jose Constanza bunted Haines to second and ended up on first himself thanks to a Jon Kibler error. Cristo Arnal was up next with the same result, as another error by Kibler on a bunt attempt loaded the bases. Back to back groundouts by Matt McBride and Carlos Santana brought in Haines and Constanza for a 2-0 Akron lead.
Erie got a run back in the bottom half of the inning as Andy Dirks scored on an RBI double by Danny Worth.
The 2-1 score would hold until the bottom of the fifth, when Dirks singled up the middle to score Santo De Leon and Deik Scram to make it 3-2 SeaWolves. Erie tacked on two more runs in the eighth
Kibler (6-5) earned the win with 7.1 strong innings of work while Bobby Livingston (7-5) took the loss. Brett Jennings posted his 11th save of the season by holding Akron hitless in the ninth.
This four-game series continues in Erie Wednesday night with a 7:05 p.m. start time Left-hander Ryan Edell (2-1, 2.60 ERA) gets the nod for Akron against Pat Stanley (4-3, 4.63 ERA).
Dash Get By K-Tribe 2-1
Winston-Salem scored two runs in the top of the first inning and hung on, defeating Kinston 2-1 Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium.