Game Recaps: Tuesday 8/11
The Clippers evened the series at Indianapolis with a 4-2 win Tuesday night.
Michael Brantley reached on an error to start the game and scored on a Jesus Merchan triple. Tony Graffanino plated Merchan with a sacrifice fly for a quick 2-0 lead. After a fly out, Wes Hodges doubled and scored on a Lou Marson single. Marson crossed the plate one batter later on Stephen Head's double into the right field corner to cap off a four-run outburst.
On the mound, Carlos Carrasco authored his finest outing of the season. He allowed only one base runner through the first five innings and held Indianapolis scoreless until the sixth. The Indians got a single, wild pitch and a ground rule double for the only scar on the tremendous outing. Carrasco tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts over a season-long eight innings pitched. He gave up only four hits and issued no walks.
Phil Dumatrait, after the rough first inning, settled in to throw five more innings. He allowing just two hits and one walk over that time, but the offense could not pick him up as he suffered the loss in his second rehab start with the Indians. Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Jason Davis tossed the final three frames giving up three singles, but also inducing two double plays.
Greg Aquino entered the game in the ninth for Columbus and despite a rough outing, got his eleventh save of the season. He allowed one run on two hits, but struck out Neil Walker to preserve the win. In the win, Lou Marson had three hits to raise his batting average to .378 with Columbus.
The finale of the Indianapolis portion of the seven-game series will start at 1:00pm with lefty Ryan Edell facing Virgil Vasquez.
Aeros Hold Off Defenders in Series Opener
Josh Tomlin turned in his team-leading 13th quality start and the Aeros broke the game open with five runs between the fifth and sixth innings to claim a 6-4 triumph over Connecticut before 2,410 fans at Dodd Stadium Tuesday night. Akron improved to 72-44 with the win, moving back to a season-high 28 games over the .500 mark. The Defenders dropped to 66-49, and to just 26-25 at home.
The Aeros opened the scoring in the top of the second, as Carlos Santana drove an 0-2 pitch off his shoe-tops and into right-center field for a leadoff triple. Carlos Rivero would bring him home three batters later with an RBI infield single, before Connecticut answered in the bottom of the fourth. Eddy Martinez-Esteve doubled with two gone and Brandon Crawford followed with an RBI two-bagger on Tomlin