Minor Issues: Spotting Brach and K-17Kinston bats explode for 17 hits and Drew Pomeranz is saddled with his first earned run of the season. Plus Akron gets a shutout performance by spot-starter Brett Brach.
So-so Columbus debut for Scott Barnes in the Clippers 4-2 loss to Louisville. Barnes went five innings, gave up four runs, three of them earned, off four hits and more troubling five walks. He struck out just three and took the loss. Jensen Lewis was great in two scoreless innings of relief, striking out a batter and allowing just a hit.
Cord Phelps is an on-base machine, he had a hit and two more walks last night, upping his OBP to .429 ono the season. He's walked 10 times to 11 strikeouts with a pair of home runs and nine RBI.
The Clips are now two games back of the Bats for first place and will continue their series tonight at Huntington Park. Alex White is on the mound for Columbus.
It wasn't Pomeranz, it wasn't McFarland, it was, Brett Brach. And good for that too as he led the Aeros to a 3-0 victory over Bowie to claim sole possession of first place in the Western Division.
Making what was likely a spot start or temporarily filling in, Brach went six scoreless, giving up just a pair of hits and a walk with four strikeouts. It was Brach's first actual start of the season, after making two relief appearances in Kinston. Brach hadn't started since he made 22 starts for Lake County last year.
Bryan Price threw up two scoreless frames as well and Matt Langwell was in for the save, his first of the season
John Drennen continues to swing a hot bat, hitting his third home run of the year. He was joined by Juan Diaz, who hit a two-run shot, his second of the season. Matt Lawson added three hits.
Austin Adams is on the mound as the Aeros go for a sweep of Bowie tonight as they rap up the road trip.
Drew Pomeranz gave up his first earned runs of the season, but the K-Tribe still took home a 7-3 victory over Wilmington. The same team he no-hit for a good portion of his last start put up a three spot in the third inning. Maybe Drew isn't quite ready for the jump yet, as the second time around, a team was much more prepared for him.
Pomeranz gave up three runs in the third, overall he gave up three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Travis Turek took home the win after going four scoreless, giving up just a hit and a walk with three strikeouts. Preston Guilmet struck out the side in the ninth.
The story of this however was the offense. J.T. Toole led the way from the bottom of the lineup. Toole was 4-5 with four RBI. Everyone had a hit and everyone but Bo Greenwell, Roberto Perez, and Chase Burnette had two. Greenwell and Perez had two walks each. Greenwell and Burnette also knocked in runs, as did Casey Frawley. Toole and Greenwell also each stole their third base of the season.
Kinston looks to claim the series with an early 11:05 start. T.J. McFarland was slated to go, but Marty Popham is the announced starter, moving up from his normal spot. This likely indicates McFarland will go to Akron.
Last night's game was rained out.. The Captains were the one affiliate to be impacted by the absolute torrential downpour. The Caps and Lugnuts will play a double-header starting at 5 PM. The Cook/Dischler piggy back was slated to start the game today, and Kyle Blair was supposed to go yesterday, so we'll see how they work it out with two 7 inning games.
The Indians are recognizing a player every week within the organization with a "Minor League Player of the Week" award. The very first recipient should have been a no-brainer. Jason Smit won the award after going 13-for-28 through week of April 10th through the 16th. He hit a pair of home runs, knocked in seven and scored eight times. Kid is on absolute fire right now, well deserved.
RANGO! The Mascot is featured by Tony over at IPI in a full length piece. Tony talks to Nick Bartolone about his defense and his known weakness with the stick. Unfortunately for Nick, he's committed a bunch of errors in the early going, so his calling card has been useless.