What's the News?
There have been lots of roster moves over the past day, so let's sort of try and iron them all out.
Columbus: With Jensen Lewis getting called down, the Clippers cleared room in their pen by sending down Calrton Smith to Akron.
Akron: The Aeros are a bit of a mess.. With Carlton Smith coming back, the Aeros made room by releasing Ryan Edell. The Aeros also got Kelvin De La Cruz from Kinston who will replace Edell in the rotation. Brian Grening has been sent to Kinston. Now with Bryan Price activated, the club hasn't exactly announced a counter-move but they'll have to. They are at 25 spots right now, Akron's limit is 24.
Kinston: They do get Grening to replace De La Cruz on the roster, and they sort of get someone to replace him in the rotation as Joe Gardner has been promoted and he will start today. Although he really is taking the roster space of Alexander Perez, who has landed back on the disabled list.
Yohan Pino took his first loss of the season on Saturday but it wasn't all his fault in the Clippers 5-3 loss.
Pino went five innings plus giving up four runs, two of them earned, off 7 hits and 2 walks. Joe Smith finished off the sixth inning and Mike Gosling got through the next two scoreless. The Clippers infield committed four errors, one by Jason Donald and one by Anderson Hernandez. A Brian Buscher error helped set up the IronPigs first run in the first inning off a double play.
Michael Brantley played for the first time in six days and had one hit. The offensive attack was paced by Trevor Crow who had two RBI and Shelley Duncan who had two hits. Buscher and Gimenez also had two hits.
Carlos Carrasco faces off against his former club in Sunday's finale as the Clippers look to avoid the split.
The Aeros picked up yet another victory, 5-2, over Reading. The Phillies scored two runs in the first and then the pitching went to work.
Eric Berger gave up the two runs in the first and then shut it down. He did end up walking five, which seems to be a problem for him since coming off the DL, but he did strike out six and give up only two hits. He also threw a wild pitch. He ended up going four innings total. Justin Germano really did some work in his second win, giving up a hit and a walk in three scoreless frames. Carlton Smith made his Aeros debut with a scoreless frame and save number three was picked up by Vinnie Pestano as he struck out two.
Carlos Rivero is finally on the board! Rivero hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his first of the year. Cord Phelps and Josh Rodriguez had a pair of hits each and Rodriguez doubled and knocked in a run. Damaso Espino has seemingly taken over a majority of the catching duties as he knocks in his first Akron RBI of the season. Matt McBride and Tim Fedroff had the other runs.
No word on why Lonnie Chisenhall has been missing time. Zach Putnam will be on the mound for the Aeros on Sunday for the finale as they look for their first sweep of the season.
TJ House labored for the K-Tribe, but he went 5.1 innings and the club's offense got him off the hook in comeback fashion winning 8-5.
House's magic number was four. Hits, runs, walks, and strikeouts, all four. Three of the runs came off the home run, a solo shot and a two-run. Travis Turek picks up win number two with 2.2 solid relief innings and Dave Roberts gave up a run in the ninth.
Jordan Henry continues to produce at the top of the lineup setting up the guys that follow him with two hits, a stolen base, and a walk. Donnie Webb and Richard Martinez had two RBI. The big hit came from Jason Kipnis, a three-run shot for his fourth of the year.
Kyle Bellows added a solo shot in the 2nd inning. The struggles of Abner Abreu continue as he goes 0-5 with four, yes four, strikeouts.
As noted, recently promoted Joe Garnder will get the call after he was promoted from Lake County in Sunday's game. Let's see what he does with the level adjustment.
LAKE COUNTYThe Captains and Loons did not play two yesterday... It looks like they could today, but they didn't yesterday. They played one and it was a walk-off winner for Great Lakes in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3.
Marty Popham started and went three innings giving up one run off three hits. Francisco Jimenez split him and Adams up and gave up a run in the fourth. Adams did give up one run as well in his four innings of work. Matt Packer recorded just one out before giving up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for his first loss of the season.
Delvi Cid had a hit and a RBI and his 13th stolen base of the season, good enough for third in the league. Robeto Perez and Bo Greenwell were avoided like the plague in this one with Perez coaxing four walks and Greenwell with two. Officially only Cid knocked in a run and all three runs the Caps scored were unearned in the fourth.Casey Frawley reached on an error, stole a base, advanced on a passed ball and would score on a wild pitch. After stealing second a wild pitch would enable Argenis Martinez to score.
Clayton Cook and Trey Haley will be the starters in today's double header that will start off at 1:05.