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Game Recaps 5/11

May 12, 2008
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Aeros and Thunder Rained Out Sunday

AKRON, OH – With heavy rain already saturating Canal Park and the forecast offering nary a respite from the precipitation, the Aeros announced that today’s matinee has been postponed due to excessive moisture.

Since today’s contest between the Aeros and the Trenton Thunder was the final game in this three-game series, the game will be made up during Akron’s lone trip to Trenton August 7th-10th. A specific date was not immediately available.

The Aeros get back to business Tuesday, beginning a two-city road swing with a three-game series in Altoona. Akron will send lefty Chuck Lofgren (1-3, 5.51 ERA) to the hill against Curve right-hander Jimmy Barthmaier (2-1, 5.29 ERA). First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. with the game broadcast getting underway at 6:20 p.m. on SportsRadio 1350 AM and online at www.akronaeros.com.

Potomac Salvages a Series Split With K-Tribe

Potomac pounded out 13 hits, beating Kinston 8-2 Sunday afternoon at Historic Grainger Stadium. After rain delayed the start of the game by 35 minutes, Potomac came out firing with two-run home runs in both the second and third innings. K-Tribe starter Jeanmar Gomez (1-5) was roughed up, giving up five earned runs on six hits through four innings. Jemel Spearman, Frank Diaz and Edgardo Baez each had three hits a piece for Potomac.

Kinston got on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning when Cristo Arnal led off with a double and was driven home by a Beau Mills single. Kinston scored again in the bottom of the ninth when Nick Weglarz led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Niuman Romero. Potomac’s starter Adrian Alaniz (4-0) was great, giving up just two hits through six innings of work.

The K-Tribe ends up with a series split from Northern Division leading Potomac. The Indians continue their eight game homestand with four games against Wilmington starting Monday night. Game time 7pm at Historic Grainger Stadium.

GRASSHOPPER TOP CAPTAINS 8-6

(Greensboro, NC) – Tom Hickman hit a three RBI run double in the fifth to propel the Greensboro Grasshoppers to an 8-6 win over the lake County Captains on Sunday. The Captains led 4-0 in the first inning but could not hang on. The loss was only the third by the Captains when they have scored first in a game. Their mark is now 18-3 when they score first. Despite the loss, the Captains remain in first place, 1.5 games ahead of Delmarva.

The Captains scored four runs off Grasshoppers starter Cristhian Martinez in the first inning. Roman Pena had a RBI single and Jeff Hehr hit a tree run home run, his first professional homer and the Captains led 4-0. The Grasshoppers used the long ball themselves in the bottom of the first off Captains started Chris Archer as Bryan Petersen and Ryan curry hit back to back homers to start the inning off to cut the lead to 4-2. The Captains added another run in the third inning when Chris Nash doubled home Matt Brown to up the lead to 5-2.

The Hoppers mounted their comeback with two runs in the fourth on sacrifice flies by Ben Lasater and Jameson Smith to cut the Captains lead to 5-4. They took the lead in the fifth when Archer walked two batters and another reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Josh Judy relieved Archer and was greeted by bases clearing double by Hickman to put Greensboro ahead 7-5. The Captains cut the lead to 7-6 in the sixth inning when Mark Thompson hit into a double play with the bases loaded and Michael Valadez scored on the play. The Grasshoppers got a run of their own on a double pay ball hit by Petersen that scored Jameson Smith in the bottom of the sixth.

Archer went 4.1 innings allowing seven runs on only three hits but walked six. Archer leads the league in walks allowed. Josh Judy gave up an unearned run on three hits striking out 3 in 2.2 innings of work. Dallas Cawiezell pitched a perfect ninth inning striking out the side. Cristhian Martinez got the win despite giving up six runs and Garrett Parcell picked up his eighth save pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

The Captains continue the road trip with four games starting on Monday in West Virginia against the Power. LHP Ryan Miller will get the start (5-0, 1.09) against the Power’s RHP Rob Bryson (0-1, 5.40). The games can be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.

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