Game Recap 8/11: Kaminsky, Bullpen Throw One-Hit Shutout
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers won their third straight Wednesday night beating the Staten Island Yankees 2-0 in game two of a three-game series at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
Right-handed pitcher Alex Kaminsky and four members of the Scrappers bullpen combined to one-hit the Yankees. Kaminsky pitched five scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out four to earn his fifth win of the season. J.D. Reichenbach picked up the save pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Shane Greene was saddled with the loss for the Yankees pitching four innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out three.
Kevin Rucker was the difference offensively for the Scrappers going 2-3 with a home run and a RBI and scoring both of the Scrappers runs.
The Scrappers will look for the sweep of the Yankees as they play the final game of this three-game series Thursday afternoon. First pitch is at Noon.
Chiefs, Bixler topple Clippers, 7-3
Early runs and a former Clipper did Columbus in on Wednesday night in Syracuse, as the Chiefs took the third game of their four-game set, 7-3.
Eric Berger allowed all seven Syracuse runs, going five innings and surrendering 11 hits in his first Triple-A loss.
After scoring a single run in the first inning, the Chiefs put up four in the second, the big blow coming on former Clipper Brian Bixler's three-run double. Syracuse then added runs in both the third and fourth innings.
Columbus scored single runs in the fourth and fifth - getting on the board when Drew Sutton's RBI groundout scored Wes Hodges, then again when Ezequiel Carrera's sacrifice fly plated Luke Carlin. Carlin was acquired yesterday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
Down 7-2 in the ninth, Columbus capped the scoring when Sutton singled home Hodges. The Clippers were outhit 14-9 on the night.
The series in Syracuse wraps up Thursday night at 7:05, with Carlos Carrasco (9-5, 4.04) on the mound for the Clippers against Shairon Martis (7-6, 4.09).
R-Phils Hold On For 7-6 Victory over Aeros
The visiting Reading Phillies scored seven runs in a chaotic second inning and survived a vicious Aeros comeback for a 7-6 win at Canal Park Wednesday night. Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes walked the first five batters in that second in his new rehab assignment as the Phillies won despite being out-hit 10 to four. Reading improved to 57-58 while the Aeros fell to 58-57 on the season, still trailing the second-place Bowie Baysox by 4.5 games in the Western Division wild card race.
Reyes retired the side in the top of the first, only needing 11 pitches before struggling with his control in the second. The first five batters of that frame walked and Reyes threw three wild pitches to provide for a quick 2-0 deficit. Freddy Galvis then recorded an RBI single and Michael Spidale drew another free pass to knock the Akron starter out of the game.
Left-hander Matt Packer relieved Reyes and allowed all three inherited runners to score on a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and a run-scoring double. That would be all the damage done against Packer and the Aeros offense responded in the bottom of that second.
Shortstop Carlos Rivero smashed a two-run home run to left field to score right fielder John Drennen and left fielder Tim Fedroff followed with a single to center. After two more walks by Reading starter J.C. Ramirez and a groundout, second baseman Jason Kipnis lofted a ground-rule double over the left field wall to cut the margin to 7-4.
Drennen again singled against Ramirez to start the third and two straight fly outs followed that nearly ended the rally. Catcher Juan Apodaca then smashed a 1-1 offering into the canal in left for a two-run homer of his own to bring the deficit to just a single run.
That would be all of the scoring on the night as both bullpens dominated for the remaining six innings. Akron stranded a pair of runners in the sixth and a failed double steal turned into a strikeout-caught stealing double play to end the bottom of the seventh inning.
Phillies reliever Chance Chapman (2-2) replaced Ramirez and provided 2.2 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Reyes (0-2) took the loss in allowing seven runs in one plus inning with six walks and a hit, raising his ERA to 25.41 in his three appearances for the Aeros this season. Packer then dominated in relief, shutting Reading out for seven frames to and he still leads full-season MiLB with a 1.48 ERA this year.
Drennen finished 3-for-5 with a double while Rivero