AIKEN, S.C. – For the third-straight game and fourth time in six home
games, the Aiken Foxhounds (9-3) scored 11 runs to sweep the visiting
Macon Music (6-6) 11-6 Wednesday night at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
Still perfect at home and winners of seven straight, the Hounds have
scored 66 runs in six home games.
For the first time in the series, it was the Music who got on the
board first, plating a run in the top of the second when catcher Scott
Robinson drilled a solo home run to right field off of Aiken starter
The Macon lead was short-lived as the Hounds offense erupted in the
bottom of the second inning. Aiken was helped early on by the Music.
Ben Bando reached on an error leading off the inning, and Macon
starter Drew Shetrone (3-1) then plunked two batters to load the bases
with no outs. Krause then helped himself with a two-run double down
the left-field line. The Hounds then scored three more runs on a
passed ball, a sacrifice fly from Joe Cuttone, and an RBI single from
Bradley Key to take a 5-1 lead.
Macon cut into the lead in the bottom of the first, benefiting from
three Aiken errors to score two runs and cut the deficit to 5-3.
Jeff Timmons and Evandy DeLeon battled for the South Coast League lead
in home runs in the third inning. Timmons followed a Bando single
with a long home run to left-center field. The blast was Timmons'
fourth and tied DeLeon for the league lead. After Shetrone retired
the next two batters, DeLeon reclaimed the top spot alone, hitting a
solo shot to deep left field to make it 8-3 and end Shetrone's night.
Krause (2-0) left after five innings of work after allowing three
runs, just one earned, on four hits while striking out two. The
right-hander did get one more plate appearance in the bottom of the
fifth and made the most of it, ripping a leadoff double off the wall
in left-center field. He crossed with the hosts' ninth run on a
Cuttone RBI groundout.
Three Foxhounds had two hits in the game as the home team belted out
11 hits. Krausse finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Key finished 2-for-5 with an RBI while Bando went 2-for-4 and scored
Aiken will try to stay undefeated on their season-opening nine-game
homestand Thursday night when they welcome the Charlotte County
Redfish to Hernandez Stadium for the first of three games. First
pitch is set for 7:05 PM.