Game Recap 8/14: Espino Pitches Clippers To Key Win
The Louisville Bats have been on a tear through the International League in recent weeks, but the Clippers have apparently found the right formula against their division foes, with three pitchers teaming for a shutout Saturday night to give Columbus their second win in as many days, this time by a 1-0 score.
Paolo Espino (1-1) was sensational for Columbus, throwing seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight. He teamed with Bryce Stowell (one inning, two strikeouts) and Vinnie Pestano (one inning, two strikeouts). Pestano earned his 11th save of the season.
The game's only run came in the fourth, when Drew Sutton doubled to lead-off the frame, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Wes Hodges and then scored on Matt McBride's sacrifice fly.
The start of the game was delayed 75 minutes by rain, before Columbus pitching took the reins. The win marked their seventh shutout of the season and opened their lead in the IL West to a game-and-a-half.
First pitch for tomorrow's wrap-up game from Huntington Park is set for 5:05 p.m. Yohan Pino (8-7, 5.64) will throw for Columbus, with Aaron Harang expected to go for Louisville as part of a rehab assignment.
Aeros Collect 20 Hits, Win 12-2 Saturday
The Aeros recorded a season-high 20 hits during their 12-2 triumph over the New Britain Rock Cats Saturday evening before a crowd of 3,847 fans at Canal Park. Akron scored early and often with nine runs through the first three innings en route to a third straight victory, a second straight over the Rock Cats. The game began after a 59-minute rain delay as the Aeros improved to 61-57 and New Britain dropped to 34-86.