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Game Recaps 4/19: Brett Brach leads Akron shutout

Game Recaps 4/19:  Brett Brach leads Akron shutout
April 20, 2011
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Brach pitching for the Captains (Photo: Tony Lastoria)
In his Double-A debut, right-handed pitcher Brett Brach helped the Akron Aeros win game two of a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox 3-0 Tuesday at Prince George's Stadium.

Brach picked up his first win at the Double-A level pitching six scoreless innings, scattering two hits, walking one and striking out four. Right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning to earn the save for the Aeros.

Brach and Baysox starter Zach Clark dueled for five innings until Clark blinked in the top of the sixth inning allowing a two-run home run to Juan Diaz that broke a scoreless tie and gave the Aeros a 2-0 lead.

The Aeros (7-6) added a run in the top of the seventh inning on a John Drennen solo home run to make it 3-0. Drennen has now hit in a team-high seven straight games.

Clark gave up all three Aeros runs and suffered the loss for Bowie pitching 6.2 innings, striking out three and walking none.

The Aeros held the Baysox (5-7) to just three hits to win their second straight game.

The Aeros will look to sweep the Baysox in this three-game series Wednesday night at Prince George’s Stadium. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Austin Adams. Adams is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 2011. He will face righty Wynn Pelzer, who is 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1350 AM or online at sportsradio1350.com. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m.

Bats drop Clippers, 4-2

The Bats were able to squeak out four runs on key infield hits while the Clippers had trouble stringing at-bats together offensively in a 4-2 Louisville win.

The Bats struck first in the top of the second. Chris Valaika walked to lead off the inning. After a Michael Griffin strikeout and Kristopher Negron walk, Dave Sappelt laced a double down the right field line that allowed Valaika to score. Negron would come in on the same play when Clippers right fielder Jordan Brown overthrew shortstop Luis Valbuena when getting the ball back into the infield, leading to an early 2-0 Bats lead. Louisville extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning over the Clippers when Valaika scored on a Michael Griffin RBI triple. Griffin later came around to score on RBI groundout by Negron.

The Clippers would cut into the Bats lead in the bottom of the third when Valbuena scored on a Wes Hodges RBI groundout. Columbus would then score another run this time in the 4th when Head slid into home safely after Bats third baseman Todd Frazier tried to get Head out at home by fielding a Paul Phillips nubber up the third base line.

The rest of the night Columbus had trouble getting anything going offensively as they only managed one hit after the fourth inning. Chad Reineke got his 3rd win on the season for Louisville. The loser was Clipper left-hander Scott Barnes, who made his first Triple-A start.

The same teams will meet Wednesday at 6:35pm with Alex White facing Dontrelle Willis.

Toole goes 4-for-5, Kinston wins 7-3!

Justin Toole went 4-for-5 with four RBI, as Kinston banged out 17 hits on the way to a 7-3 win over Wilmington on Tuesday night. It was the highest hit total for a Kinston team since June of last year.

Kinston jumped all over Blue Rocks starter Tim Melville. The K-Tribe loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, thanks to singles from Tyler Holt, Bo Greenwell and a walk from Abner Abreu. Melville then locked in and struck out the next three K-Tribe batters, all swinging. Kinston would again load the bases in the top of the second inning, this time with one out. The Tribe took a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout from Greenwell. The Indians would keep the pressure on in the top of the third inning when Adam Abraham led off with a double. Abraham would score later in the inning on an RBI sacrifice fly from Chase Burnette. With two-outs in the inning, Doug Pickens kept the rally going with a single. After a Roberto Perez walk, Pickens scored on an RBI single by Justin Toole to give Kinston a 3-0 advantage.

Kinston starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz breezed through the first two innings, giving up just one hit. In the third inning it was a different story as Joey Lewis and Ryan Eigsti reached on back-to-back walks. Whit Merrifield then hit a single to load the bases. Wilmington tied the score with back-to-back RBI outs from Alex McClure and Rey Navarro; then an RBI single from Nick Francis. Pomeranz went four innings, giving up three hits and three earned runs. He walked three and struck out five.

With the score tied at three, Toole came through again in the fifth inning. After back-to-back singles by Burnette and Pickens, Toole hit another RBI single to give Kinston a 4-3 lead. Toole added two more RBI in the top of the seventh inning with a bases loaded single down the first base line. Casey Frawley delivered the final run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Every hitter in the K-Tribe lineup had a hit, six of the starters had multiple hits.

Kinston's bullpen was fantastic, as Travis Turek racked up his second win of the season. Turek (2-0) threw four innings of one hit ball. He walked one and struck out three. Preston Guilmet struck out the side for a perfect ninth inning.

The K-Tribe (3-8) will try to win the series Wednesday morning at 11 am in Wilmington, Delaware. Marty Popham will get the start for Kinston.

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