Game Recap 4/27: Donald Has Big Night For Clips
Yohan Pino gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning Tuesday night and things looked bleak for the Columbus Clippers, but only briefly. The Clippers blew up for five runs in their half of the opening frame and never looked back in a 12-7 win in the opening game of a four game series against the Charlotte Knights.
Jason Donald started the rally with a solo home run as a part of his 4-hit, 3-RBI night, most among the Clippers who tallied 18 hits in their eight offensive turns. A walk and back-to-back doubles by Shelley Duncan and Wes Hodges made it 4-3 and Columbus grabbed the lead for good when Brian Buscher drilled a 2-run blast off of the scoreboard to cap off the 1st inning.
The Clippers scored 5 more runs in the 2nd inning on 6 singles and tacked on two more in the 3rd to finish their night from a scoring perspective. Pino found a rhythm and tossed three shutout innings after the 1st until being touched up for a 2-run homer in the 5th. Pino was relieved in the 6th by Frank Herrmann who retired the two batters he faced. Hector Ambriz went two innings for the 1st time in his rehab assignment and allowed a run for the 1st time this season. Saul Rivera authored a perfect 9th inning.
The Clippers and Knights meet up for day baseball with an 11:35 1st pitch with a pitching matchup featuring Josh Tomlin for Columbus and Lucas Harrell for Charlotte.
Aeros Can't Solve The Curve
The Altoona Curve improved to 4-0 against defending E.L. Champion Akron, edging the Aeros 5-4 on Tuesday night at Blair County Ballpark.
Altoona jumped on the scoreboard early with two runs off starter Eric Berger (0-1) in the first inning. With Chase d