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Game Recaps: Wednesday 7/8

July 9, 2009
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Rondon nearly perfect as Clippers win
Hector Rondon was nearly perfect for six innings in a 2-1 Columbus victory over the Indianapolis. Rondon pitched six no hit innings, walking two and striking out eight.

Michael Brantley hit a two-out single in the third and scored on a Trevor Crowe double. That was the only run of the game until Andy Marte singled home Graffanino in the seventh. Brantley had two hits on the night, one of two Clippers with multiple hits. Wes Hodges doubled twice and had a single.

Rondon, making his Triple-A debut, was replaced by Rich Rundles. Rundles allowed a single to the first batter he faced, ending the Clippers no-hit bid. Rundles combined with Jensen Lewis to shut out the Indians through eight innings. Greg Aquino allowed one run in the ninth, but preserved his fifth save of the season. Columbus pitchers allowed five hits, one run, and struck out twelve.

Aeros shutout Reading
Aeros starter Josh Tomlin turned in his third straight quality start and Akron collected its 11th shutout of the season in a 4-0 triumph over visiting Reading before 2,324 fans at Canal Park Wednesday. One night after surrendering 11 runs on 14 hits and eight walks, Tomlin and reliever Josh Judy handcuffed the Phillies on just three hits and two walks as the Aeros improved to 56-30 and extended their lead in the Southern Division to seven games over Reading (48-36).

The scoring began in the first when Akron manufactured a run following a one-out double by Cristo Arnal. The speedy second baseman proceeded to swipe third base for his eighth steal of the year, and the extra 90 feet allowed him to score on a groundout by Nick Weglarz. Akron then pounced for a three-run rally in the fifth inning, as John Drennen kick-started things with a one-out walk. Jared Goedert doubled him to third, and two batters later Arnal hit a grounder that third baseman Carlos Leon booted for a run-scoring error. Clean-up hitter Carlos Santana then made it 4-0 with a clutch two-strike, two-out, two-run single to plate Jose Constanza and Arnal, providing for the final margin of the night.

Tomlin (9-5) notched his third quality consecutive start and team-leading ninth of the season by permitting only three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in his seven scoreless frames. All three hits were singles (including a bunt), he induced a trio of double plays behind him, and Reading managed to get only one runner as far as second base all night. Tomlin also moved into sole possession of first place in the Indians player development system with his ninth win, and now leads the Aeros with 75 strikeouts. Phillies starter Mike Stutes (5-5) took the loss yet earned a quality start as well, allowing four runs (one earned) and five hits in six innings and Judy retired the final six hitters in order while striking out four.

Beau Mills led the offense, finishing 3-4 with a double and collecting his team-leading 24th multi-hit game of the year. Arnal scored a pair of runs, while Weglarz and Santana continued to battle for the team lead in RBI. Weglarz collected his team-high 58th of the season with the first-inning groundout, while Santana

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