Minor Matters: Big Game For Hodges

Minor Matters: Big Game For Hodges

Wes Hodges homered twice and drove in seven runs as Double-A Akron outlasted Binghamton, 11-10 at Canal Park on Tuesday night. At Triple-A Buffalo, the Bisons fell to Syracuse, 7-5; while in Class A play Kinston lost at Wilmington, 5-2; and Lake County lost at home to Lakewood, 5-3. Overall, the farm teams are struggling: Buffalo is 5-8; Akron 5-6; Kinston 2-6: though Lake County is 7-5.

Hodges (.370) went 3-for-4 with three runs and seven RBI and had plenty of help. The top five hitters in the Aeros' lineup (Nate Panther (.304), Josh Rodriguez (.182), Matt Whitney (.349), Michael Aubrey (.277) and Hodges, went a combined 11-for-22 with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI, and all 11 runs.

Rodriguez finished 3-for-5, Whitney, Aubrey and Ryan Goleski (.268) all had two hits, and Chris Gimenez (.238) drew three walks for the second time in the homestand. scored. Panther and Hodges both extended their hitting streaks to seven games.

Chris De La Cruz (.143) went 0-for-5 and stranded four runners in scoring position, however. He also made his first error of the season at second base, while Rodriguez made his fifth of the year at shortstop to help Binghamton stay in the game.

Hodges drove in a run in Akron's three-run first inning with a sacrifice fly, had an RBI single in the third, a solo homer in the fourth, and a grand slam in the sixth.

Jeff Stevens (2-0, 3.68 ERA) worked 1 1-3 innings for the win. He gave up a run on two hits, striking out two.

Starter Chuck Lofgren (6.92) was hit hard again. The lefty yielded seven hits and five runs (four earned) over 3 2-3 innings, walking three and fanning three. Fellow lefty Shawn Nottingham (5.68) then struck out three, but allowed a run on three hits over two innings.

T.J. Burton (7.94) followed Stevens and gave up three runs (only one earned) over just two-thirds of an inning. Randy Newsom (4.15) earned his second save, pitching the final 1 1-3 innings and giving up only one hit while striking out three.

Jordan Brown (.314) led Triple-A Buffalo's offense by going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs. Aaron Herr (.244) was 2-for-4 with two RBI; and Wyatt Toregas (.235) 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Starter Sean Smith (3.75 ERA) gave up three runs in only three innings, yielding three hits, but walking four and striking out six in a very erratic performance.

Reid Santos (4.15 ERA) allowed five hits and two runs over 2 2-3 innings, walking two and fanning three, and Edward Mujica (0-2, 10.38) continued to struggle, getting the loss by yielding three hits, one walk and two runs over 2 1-3 innings.

Ben Francisco (.222) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and Josh Barfield (.265) was 0-for-5 with one strikeout.

Class A Kinston, Jared Goedert (.343), John Drennen (.229), Carlos Rivero (.429) all went 1-for-4 and Todd Martin (.179) was 1-for-3. That was it offensively as the K-Tribe continued to struggle.

Starter Jeanmar Gomez (0-1, 5.40) gave up eight hits, two walks and four runs over 3 2-3 innings, striking out five. Heath Taylor and Luis Perdomo kept their ERAs at 0.00. Taylor worked 2 2-3 hitless innings, but gave up one walk and an unearned run, striking out four. Perdomo yielded a hit, a walk and fanned one over two innings.

K-Tribe pitchers also allowed a combined four stolen bases on the night.

For Lake County, Karexon Sanchez (.333), Matt Brown (.357) and Jeff Hehr (.333) continued their strong starts at the plate. Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs; Brown was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI; and Hehr was 1-for-4 with a double and run.

Lefty Kelvin De La Cruz (1-1, 3.68) took the loss, allowing five hits, five walks and five runs in 4 2-3 innings, fanning only two. Big right-hander Josh Judy (3.18) pitched well again in middle relief, striking out four in 2 1-3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits. Jonathan Holt (11.37) got back on track with two scoreless innings, striking out one and giving up two hits.

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