Minor Issues: Hagadone and McFarland Lead Shutout, Captains Sweep
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Tony Lastoria takes a lot of video while he visits the many minor league games throughout the year. Here is a nice chunk of videos he took of Lake County players.
The Clippers just keep rolling as the best team in the International League as they win 10-5 over Lehigh Valley.
Hector Rondon had some issues, but he picked up his first win of the season and he struck out nine and didn't walk a hitter. Here is the weird part though. Rondon gave up nine hits, and five runs, but all the runs came via the home run ball. Three solo shots and one two-run shot. Still, six innings that have been better than his other games this year.
Frank Herrmann pitched two more scoreless innings to lower his ERA even lower to 0.64. Saul Rivera struck out two in his scoreless frame.
The offense obviously had things working as well. Shelley Duncan continues to be a monster in run producing situations as he doubled and knocked in three runs on this one. Carlos Santana also had a double and a RBI with two hits and two walks and Brian Buscher walked twice and had two RBI as well.
Despite only having one hit, Anderson Hernandez knocked in three runs.
Jeanmar Gomez continues the series against the Iron Pigs and the immortal Ryan Vogelsong (how is he still pitching?).
Scott Barnes got back on track but the club dropped the series finale against Trenton 6-3 to split the series.
Barnes struck out eight, also walked three, in his 5.1 innings of work with just two runs off two hits given up. He didn't take the loss, that belonged to Omar Aguilar who gave up two earned runs despite not giving up a hit.
In fact Aguilar not only hit the first batter of the seventh inning, he got the next to ground out into a double play. But then he proceeded two walk two and that got him pulled. Steven Wright replaced him and struggled yet again. He was charged with a blown save.
RBI's from Josh Rodriguez, Beau Mills, and Wyatt Toregas. A two-double night for Matt McBride and Carlos Rivero was on base three times.
Paolo Espino kicks off a road trip that starts in Reading on Friday.
In Kinston's 2-0 win over Lynchburg, the story will probably be Nick Hagadone.
But it should be T.J. McFarland, who went five innings of scoreless relief and gave up just four hits and no walks while striking out a pair. He improved to 3-0 and is now carrying a 0.73 ERA on the season.
Hagadone was good though in his start as he went four scoreless. He did walk four but he gave up just one hit and struck out six.
As was the case last night, the pitching staff didn't need much, and the offense didn't provide much, but it was enough and it came from one man. Donnie Webb hit two solo home runs, his first two home runs of the season. Jason Kipnis had two hits and Lucas Montero had the only other hit for the K-Tribe.
Alex White will be on the mound back home for what will be a very brief home stand against Potomac.
The Captains played a double header yesterday and they swept it to sweep Dayton and end the home stand on a good note.
In the completion of Wednesday's game, Chris Jones came in to relieve Joe Gardner who went three perfect innings yesterday. Rob Bryson picked up win number four despite giving up an unearned run in the 2-1 victory.
Cory Burns played with fire in the worst way to save his ninth game of the year. He loaded the bases up with two singles and a walk and then proceeded to strike out the side.
They only had three hits and one official RBI, Ben Carlson with the honors, as well.
The Captains also won the second game, , a seven inning shortened contest.
This one was powered by a pair of two-run home runs by Chen and Bo Greenwell, who hit his fourth of the year. Greg Folgia doubled and added two hits as well.
Danny Salazar gave up three runs but went six innings for the win and Matt Packer closed it out for his first save with a scoreless seventh inning.
Austims or Popams or whatever is on the mound, Marty Popham gets the start against Great Lakes.