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Game Recaps: Tuesday 7/28

July 29, 2009
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Rondon struggles early; Clippers drop series opener
Lehigh Valley beat Hector Rondon and the Clippers 4-2 in the series opener at Coca-Cola Park.

Columbus was looking to surpass the .500 mark in July and sent Rondon to the mound looking for his fourth consecutive win in triple-A, but the young right-hander struggled for the first time since his promotion to the Clippers.

Rondon allowed three runs in the first three innings, putting Columbus behind the eight-ball early. The Clippers scored in the fourth on Andy Cannizaro's RBI single to make it 3-1, but they had trouble solving lefty Gustavo Chacin.

The Iron Pigs lit the lamp again in the fifth as minor league veteran Mike Cervenak doubled in Jason Ellison for a 4-1 lead. Rondon lasted five innings, giving up the four runs on eight hits and two walks.

Chacin made it through six innings, allowing just one run while scattering four hits before turning the ball over to the bullpen. Alex Concepcion threw a scoreless seventh, but allowed back-to-back doubles by Matt LaPorta and Wes Hodges in the eighth to bring the Clippers to within a pair at 4-2.

Jason Anderson walked the lead-off man in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate, but a double play and a strikeout ended the Clippers threat and the game.

Gomez leads Aeros to victory over Erie
Jeanmar Gomez was efficient yet again at Canal Park as the Aeros won their second game in a row against the second-place Erie SeaWolves, taking Tuesday night

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