Game Recaps 5/13
May 14, 2008
ALTOONA, PA – Unplayable field conditions forced the postponement of Tuesday’s game between the Aeros and the Altoona Curve. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 5:05 p.m., and the twin-bill will consist of two seven-inning games.
Blair County Ballpark absorbed heavy rains over the weekend, and even with sunny skies Tuesday the infield was simply not sturdy enough to play on.
Left-hander Chuck Lofgren (1-3, 5.51 ERA), now working on eight-days rest, will start game one of the doubleheader Wednesday with southpaw David Huff (2-1, 2.52 ERA) following in game two. The Curve will counter with lefty Corey Hamman (0-5, 5.03 ERA) in game one and right-hander Jimmy Barthmaier (2-1, 5.29 ERA) in game two. First pitch is slated for 4:50 p.m. with the game broadcast getting underway at 5:05 p.m. on SportsRadio 1350 AM and online at www.akronaeros.com.
Wilmington Walks By Kinston 5-4
The Wilmington Blue Rocks drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning, breaking a tie and charging ahead for an eventual 5-4 win over Kinston.
The K-Tribe’s Alex Castillo gave Kinston a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a bases loaded triple. Castillo drove in Nick Weglarz, Niuman Romero and Cirilo Cumberbatch. After Wilmington scored three runs in the top of the third inning, Jared Goedert gave Kinston the lead again with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. The single drove in Jason Denham and gave Kinston a 4-3 lead. Wilmington tied the score at four with a solo home run by Jeff Bianchi in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Wilmington had Joe Dickerson at third base with two outs. With Kinston’s Sung-Wei Tseng on the mound, Wilmington’s Josh Johnson, Matt Morizio and Wilver Perez drew three consecutive walks. Dickerson scored and gave Wilmington the 5-4 lead and eventual win. Tseng (0-1) took the loss for Kinston, giving up three hits and two earned runs in three innings. Aaron Hartsock (2-2) kept Kinston at bay from the bullpen, throwing three plus innings of one-hit ball for Wilmington. Henry Barrera struck out the side in the ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Kinston returns to Grainger Stadium for game three of the four game series Wednesday night at 7pm. Hector Rondon will take the mound for Kinston.
CAPTAINS WIN 7-4
(Charleston, WV) – Joey Mahalic picked up his first win and Dustin Realini had three RBI’s as the Lake County Captains took their second straight game from West Virginia 7-4. Adam White scored four runs and Lucas Montero walked four times for the second time this year. The top four batters in the Captains order were on base sixteen out of their twenty at bats.
The Captains jumped out in front in the first inning when they loaded the bases with no outs against Power starter Roque Mercedes. Dustin Realini walked and the Captains led 1-0. The Captains would not score any more in the inning and leave the bases loaded. The Power would tie it up in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Zelous Wheeler off Captains starter Joey Mahalic. The Captains came right back in the top of the second inning. After two were out Adam White and Lucas Montero both walked. White scored on a RBI single by Roman Pena with Montero taking second. Montero and Pena executed a double steal to put them at second and third. Realini hit a single to center field to scored both runners and the Captains led 4-1.
The Power used the long ball off Mahalic to mount a comeback. Eric Fryer hit a solo home run in the second and Jonathan Lucroy a solo shot in the third and after three innings it was
The Captains made it a 5-3 game in the fourth when Pena singled off of reliever Jose Garcia to score White. The Captains struck again off of Garcia in the sixth on another RBI single by Pena to extend the lead to 6-3. The Captains got a solo home run from Montero in the top of the eighth to go up 7-3. The Power added a run in the bottom of the eighth off of reliever Gary Campfield on Steffan Wilson’s solo home run to cut the lead to 7-4.
Joey Mahalic got the win making his Captains debut going five innings allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out five. Kyle Landis relieved Mahalic and pitched two scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking six. He has struck out twelve batters in his last 5.1 innings of work. Gary Campfield followed Landis and pitched the last two innings giving up a run on three hits. Roque Mercedes took the loss to go 1-2.
The Captains play game three of the four game series on Wednesday as LHP Kelvin De La Cruz (2-2, 2.08) heads to the mound against the Power’s LHP Dan Merklinger (0-1, 6.75). The game can be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.