Minor Issues: White Continues Hot StartLake County split a double header, Akron lost, but Columbus and Kinston picked up wins. Alex White on fire for Columbus and Marty Popham was perfect.
Columbus won in walk-off fashion and in comeback fashion, touching up each pitcher for Louisville in the final four frames. Columbus scored in a run from the 6th to the 9th, and won it when Jerad Head singled home Lonnie Chisenhall to win the game.
Chad Huffman and Luke Carlin hit solo home runs in the 6th and 7th, and Carlin doubled home another run in the eighth, his second of three hits. Jerad Head also had three hits and Jason Kipnis was 1-3 with two walks. Cord Phelps was 2-4 with a walk as well.
Alex White was great. He went seven innings, did give up two earned off five hits, but didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. His ERA is 2.00 and he's struck out 20 hitters to three walks this year.
Josh Judy gave up a run in the ninth to blow his second save, but he picked up his second win. Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless eighth.
The final game is slated for 6:35 and the Clippers will look to tie up the division with Zach McAllister on the mound against Johnny Cueto.
Akron's offense was shutdown, as Bowie took the final game to salvage the series. Akron and Bowie both collected six hits, but Bowie put across three runs, two in their final two frames, to win.
Tim Fedroff had two hits, and walked and Juan Diaz walked twice and stole his first base, but the rest of the hits were spread out. Matt McBride doubled and the team was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Austin Adams had a nice bounceback start, going 4.1 innings and giving up just one unearned run off four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. CC Lee had some troubles, giving up a solo home run and two earned runs while striking out four in two innings.
The biggest issue was Juan Apodaca behind the plate. Not only did he commit an error, Apodaca let up six stolen bases, three to one player and two to another. He caught just one player stealing second.
Akron returns home for a nice home stand against the same two teams they just faced. Reading comes into Canal Park and Matt Packer will be on the mound.
Kinston is on a roll, banging out 10 hits to score four runs, two in the eighth, to beat Wilimgton 4-1. Marty Popham was simply perfect. He went four scoreless innings, not putting a single runner on base and striking out three. Tyler Sturdevant gave up a run in three innings, but picked up the win and Jose Flores struck out three in two scoreless to pick up his first save.
Popham got his first start of the year, likely a spot start, as T.J. McFarland may be on his way to Akron.
Offense came from everyone. Doug Pickens had three hits, but he knocked in a run, as did Greg Folgia, Chase Burnette, and Tyler Holt.
Kinston also returns home for a nice run of home games, and they'll send Giovanni Soto to the mound against Myrtle Beach for the 6:30 start.
The Captains split a double-header with Lansging, winning the first game 5-1, and dropping the second game 6-5.
In game one, Kyle Blair was fantastic, going six innings and giving up just one run off five hits and no walks. He also struck out four for his first win as a professional. Definitely his best start so far.Nate Striz pitched a scoreless seventh to round-out the game.
Jesus Aguilar provided a quick jolt, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning to get the Captains up and moving. Carlos Moncrief added two RBI of his own off three hits, two doubles, and also scoring twice himself. Mascot Nick Bartolone also scored twice off a 2-for-2 game.
The offense continued in the second game for the Captains as they once again jumped out to an early lead with a three spot with a Gio Urshela three-run shot. Urshela would knock in four on the game with an additional sac-fly. No one had more than two hits, Kyle Smith scored a run after knocking one in as a pinch-hitter for Argenis Martinez. Brian Heere doubled and Jason Smit collected a hit. Moncrief stole his third base as well.
What didn't hold up was the pitching. Cole Cook did his part, giving up an unearned run off three hits and a walk in five innings. But Tony Dischler struggled, mightily. He couldn't get out of the sixth, giving up a two run home run and three more runs off three hits and two walks.
The Captains have now dropped their second straight season as a result of the game two loss, but they welcome Bowling Green for a three-game series starting tonight. Trey Haley takes the ball tonight.