Game Recaps 9/1: Kinston wins on Abraham walkoff homer
|Adam Abraham (Photo: IPI)|
A tenth inning home run sent Kinston to its third straight win over the Keys Thursday night. Adam Abraham, the first batter of the inning took a pitch from Fredrick’s Ryan O’Shea and deposited it over the right field wall for the game winner and a 3-2 victory. The K-Tribe is now ½ games up in the Carolina League Southern Division as Winston-Salem was Idol.
The scoring started in the top half of the fourth inning when the Keys plated two runs. Manny Machado came around to score after he was walked. Mike Flacco who had an RBI scored himself on a single by Miguel Abreu. The score was 2-0 Keys after three and a half innings. Kinston came right back and put up two in the bottom half of the inning when Tyler Cannon doubled home Jesus Aguilar, and then Cannon himself came home on the Roberto Perez double. The game was tied at two.
The game was moving along briskly until the seventh when the benches cleared. Trey Haley hit Abreu to start the seventh. Abreu took exception to that as he was forced down to first base. After the inning as both teams were walking off the field Abreu started at Haley. The benches cleared but no one was ejected yet. In the bottom of the seventh Jason Gurka threw the first pitch to Argenis Martinez well inside. Gurka was quickly ejected and so was Keys manager Orlando Gomez.
The game calmed down and remained tied through regulation. Both teams had chances but neither squad could cash in.
In the tenth Kyle Landis worked a 1-2-3 top half of the inning and then that set the stage for Adam Abraham.
The K-Tribe will finish off their home schedule Friday night as they look for the sweep of the Fredrick Keys at 6:30pm from Historic Grainger Stadium. The game will pit Clayton Cook (9-8, 4.14) for Kinston and Nick Haughian (8-6, 3.64) for Fredrick.
Aeros fall 6-1 in regular season home finale
The Akron Aeros scored just one run as they lost the regular season home finale to the Reading Phillies 6-1 Thursday at Canal Park.
With the loss (and a Richmond loss), Akron’s elimination number is down to two.
Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland suffered the loss for the Aeros pitching seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and striking out six while walking two.
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd recorded the win for Reading tossing 6.2 innings, giving up one earned run on eight hits and striking out five while walking one. Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg earned the save pitching 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The R-Phils (70-68) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Derrick Mitchell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded forcing home Ozzie Chavez.
Chavez singled home Chris Lubanski an inning later to increase the lead to 2-0.
Reading added runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-0 lead.
The Aeros (70-68) lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Jordan Henry RBI single to cut the lead to 4-1.
That was all Akron would muster as Reading added two runs in the top of the ninth inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros will head to Harrisburg on Friday to close out the 2011 regular season with four games against the Senators. Akron has yet to determine a starter for Friday’s game. Harrisburg will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Shairon Martis, who is 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7 p.m.
Captains implode in 7-2 loss to WhiteCaps
West Michigan’s five run fourth inning on Thursday night dropped Lake County 7-2, sending them to their second straight loss. The Captains committed a season high five errors.
Lake County loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning and took a 1-0 lead on Nick Bartolone’s sacrifice fly to right field.
In the fourth inning, three walks, a hit batter and double to go with a pair Lake County errors and the WhiteCaps jumped on top 5-1.
Ronny Rodriguez hit his 11th homerun of the season in the seventh inning, cutting into the lead to make it 5-2.
West Michigan added a pair of runs, in the eighth inning; on a sacrifice fly by Clay Jones and RBI double from James Robbins to go up 7-2.
Josue Carreno (7-10) picked up the win working five innings allowing a run on six hits, walking one and striking out five. Kirk Wetmore (3-4) took the loss allowing five runs, one earned on three hits, walking five and striking out one in 3.2 innings.
Lake County and West Michigan wrap up their season series at Classic Park on Friday night at 7:00PM. The Captains will start RHP Jordan Cooper (2-8) against LHP Kyle Ryan (5-10) for the WhiteCaps.
Lowery powers Scrappers to victory over Crosscutters
Jake Lowery went 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in and the Scrappers defeated the Williamsport Crosscutters, 8-3. The win ended the Scrappers three-game losing streak.
Lowery singled in a run in the first inning to put the Scrappers ahead 1-0. In the third, he hit a two-run home run off reliever Casey Barnes to make it 3-0. Barnes relieved Williamsport starter Mike Nesseth, who pitched 2.1 innings. The Scrappers added a run later in the inning on Jerrud Sabourin’s single.
Mahoning Valley scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh. Lowery’s single in the seventh was his third hit of the night. The Crosscutters scored a run in the eighth but were held scoreless in the ninth.
Danny Jimenez pitched six innings and allowed two runs. He picked up the win to improve to 4-3. Nesseth took the loss to fall to 3-6.
The Scrappers begin a three-game series on the road against the Jamestown Jammers on Friday night at 7:05 pm.
Note: Columbus had a scheduled off day on Thursday
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