Rainy Lara had the Scrappers’ number Monday night. That is, after the first inning. They had a promising start, when Tyler Naquin doubled with one out. He was promptly singled home by Charlie Valerio to secure an early one run lead.
The Lake County Captains (19-17) swept the Dayton Dragons (13-23) out of Classic Park with a convincing 11-2 win on Monday night. Danny Jimenez (1-1, 3.38), making his first start of the season, set the tone for the Captains in five dominating innings.
The Columbus Clippers (59-52) struggled on both offense and defense on Monday night, and that resulted in a 7-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (54-56). It was the Clippers’ second loss in a row; marking the first time they’ve fallen in consecutive games in more than two weeks.
Triple-A Columbus is on fire and have gone 12-3 in their last 15 games scoring tons of runs in the process, and suddenly are back in the thick of the International League playoff race looking to defend their consecutive league titles. Andrew Holleran takes us "Sailing with the Clippers" in his weekly notebook and gets us up to date on all the game-by-game action, the hot play of Ezequiel Carrera and Tim Fedroff, and lots more.
The Indians organization prides itself on building around guys who bring a winning attitude to the ballpark each day. In the 13th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, the Tribe found itself another one of those players in the form of Arizona State second baseman/outfielder Zach MacPhee. Working through a position change and inconsistent playing time, he has had an interesting season to date, and Mike Zavagno recently sat down with him to discuss it all.
For the second straight game, Anthony Gallas had the big hit as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5-2 to claim their first road series since winning three of four at Lynchburg, April 23-26. Carolina (19-18, 51-56) finished the road trip 2-5. Wilmington drops to 18-18 in the second half, 47-59 overall.
The International League’s leader in runs per game played like it Sunday night, but the Clippers’ pitching staff faltered, and Columbus lost for the first time since Wednesday. The Clippers were riding a five-game winning streak heading into their Sunday contest against the Rochester Red Wings, and looked the part of a six-in-a-row club through three innings.
Early deficits are hard to recover from. That’s exactly the prospect that the Scrappers faced Sunday, as they fell behind early to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The 5-0 hole after two was too much to overcome, as the Cyclones continued to pile on en route to a 10-5 victory.
Anthony Gallas found himself in an opportune spot on Saturday night, and delivered his biggest hit of the season to help the Carolina Mudcats snap a season-long, six-game losing streak. Gallas crushed a grand slam out to left of Frawley Stadium, and the Mudcats toppled the Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-4 in a rain-shortened contest.
Prior to the All-Star break, Ezequiel Carrera was hitting .258 and the Clippers were 45-45. Post All-Star break, the Clippers center fielder is hitting .467 and Columbus is 58-50. Saturday night, Carrera was yet again a big part in a Columbus victory, as the Clippers surged past the Rochester Red Wings for the fourth-straight night, 8-5.
Eastwood Field is due for a name change. Eastwood Wetlands, maybe? Or even, Eastwood Atoll. Whatever it is, it’s wet. That didn’t stop the Scrappers from entertaining the Brooklyn Cyclones, though, on a muddy diamond that looked like it would be better served hosting a football game. The Scrappers won 3-2.
The Aeros took both games in their double header with the Bowie Baysox Saturday night, winning the first 3-2 and the second 6-1 in front of 5,594 fans at Canal Park. In game one, Akron got the scoring started with a three run third inning. Right fielder Jordan Henry hit an RBI single to score Roberto Perez, and left fielder Nick Weglarz hit another RBI single with runners on second and third to give the Aeros a 3-0 lead.
Wilmington, DE - The Carolina Mudcats dropped a Friday night game at Frawley Stadium to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 6-2. The loss was the sixth straight for the Mudcats, tying a season-long. The Mudcats (17-18, 49-56) jumped out to an early lead when Delvi Cid scored from third on a throwing error by third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert. However, the Blue Rocks (18-16, 47-57) responded with crooked numbers in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to pull away.
Offense has certainly not been lacking at the plate for the Clippers over the past two games, and Columbus has two easy wins to show for it. Columbus defeated the Toledo Mud Hens Friday night, 13-2. Thursday night, the Clippers throttled the Mud Hens, 16-2. Over the past two nights at Huntington Park, Columbus has tallied 37 hits--a franchise record for a two-game span.
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