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Toledo rides effective pitching and four run rally to top Clippers 6-3 in series finale

Shelley Duncan on deck (megasportsnews.com)

Columbus, Ohio–Using a four run rally in the 5th inning and solid pitching by Armando Galarraga, the Toledo Mud Hens beat Columbus 6-3, in the series finale.

The loss ended a four-game winning streak and the first homestand of 2010 at Huntington Park. Columbus had a 5-3 homestand to start the season.

Leading 1-0 going into the top of the fifth, the Mud Hens pushed across four runs to expand their lead to 5-0. A two-run double by Brent Dlugach and a two-run homer by Brennan Boesch built the margin to for Toledo.

Armando Galarraga (MiLB)

Armando Galarraga, who was 6-10 for Detroit in 2009, pitched 6 and 1/3 innings of five hit ball to get his first win of 2010.

Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said, “He threw a good slider and sinker, and that was the key to winning.”

Toledo led 5-1 in the bottom of the 7th but Columbus cut the lead to 5-3 on a 2-run home run by rightfielder Chris  Gimenez, his second homer in three games.

Russell Branyan at the plate (megasportsnews.com)

The Mud Hens pushed across a sixth and final run in the top of the 9th to add insurance.

Reliever Jay Sborz got a two out jam to clinch the victory for Toledo.

Columbus heads out on a  nine-game, nine-day road trip, starting with a 7:05 start Friday night in Louisvlle against the Cincinnati Reds top pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman and the Reds.

The Columbus Clippers returns home on Sunday, April 25th to open another two-game series with Toledo.

4 wins in a row for Columbus Clippers; squeeze past Toledo, 3-2

Dan Hock of megasportsnews.com also contributed to this story

Columbus, Ohio–Brian Bixler’s only hit of the game Wednesday night, was the game-winner help sending Columbus to its fourth win in a row, 3-2 over Toledo.

Clippers Carlos Santana at bat (megasportsnews.com)

The Clippers kicked off the scoring Wednesday night against Phil Dumatrait who in 8 starts against them is 2-5 with a 4.71 ERA, in the second inning when Anderson Hernandez plated Carlos Santana with a sacrifice fly.

The Clippers kept getting base runners against Dumatrait, but couldn’t get that big hit.

Columbus did tack on another run in fourth inning  on a Brian Horwitz RBI double to make it 2-0.

Columbus pitcher Hector Rondon looked and pitched much better than he did 5 days ago (last Friday)  against Indianpolis. Rondon handcuffed the Mud Hens for four innings, until allowing a solo home run to Jeff Frazier to cut the deficit to 2-1

Toledo would tie the game in the 6th inning with an unearned run as Brent Dlugach was safe on an error. 6’6 230 pound left fielder Ryan Strieby lined a single to center field scoring Dlaguch, with the tying run at 2-2.

Rondon would pitch 6 innings, striking out 5 and  allowing 1 earned  run.

Clippers pitcher Hector Rondon (megasportnews.com)

The Clippers won the game in the bottom of the eighth against Daniel Schlereth,  son of ESPN NFL analyst,  Mark Schlereth, who was struggling with his control. Russell Branyan opened the inning with a double to the right field wall; Shelley Duncan walked; Carlos Santana was walked intentionally. Wes Hodges hit a ball to the second baseman and Will Rhymes threw to the plate to get the forceplay. Brian Bixler lined a 2-1 fastball to the left fielder whose throw to the plate was up the first base line and the Clippers went up 3-2.

Frank Hermann closed the game out against Toledo giving Mike Gosling the win and earning himself his first career save.

The two teams will play Thursday morning at 11:35. Armando Galarraga pitches for Toledo against the Clippers Jeanmar Gomez.

The Dispatch scoreboard at Huntington Park (megasportsnews.com)

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME  MANAGER’S  OFFICE. (to listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 813 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager The Bullpen is coming together now

44 814 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager With every win comes a new hero, this time its Brian Bixler

GAME NOTES

* Columbus lost the season series with Toledo in 2009, including a 3-8 mark in Huntington Park. The Clippers haven’t won a series with Toledo since 2003.

* Wes Hodges (20) and Shelley Duncan (19) currently rank 1st and 2nd respectively, in the International League in longest on-base streaks.

* In addition to Minor League Baseball in runs, the Clippers also lead all of MiLB in batting (.336), slugging (.588) and homers (11). The Clippers rank 2nd in on- base percentage (.412), 19 points behind Bradenton of the Florida State League for the lead.

* The Toledo Mud Hens were featured in the April 12th edition of Sports Illustrated. In the “Go Figure” section, SI writes that the 15-scoop Fantastic Freeze ice cream sundae served at Fifth Third contains 3,800 calories.

* Toledo manager Larry Parrish collected win number 500 of his Mud Hen managerial career Friday April 9 against   the Louisville Bats. He is 502-481 (.511) since 2003 and is now 39 wins shy of overtaking over Cal Ermer (1978-1984) as the winningest manager in  Toledo Mud Hens history.

* The third largest crowd in Fifth Third Field history witnessed Opening Day. 12,711 fans were on hand for the festivities.

Clippers come from behind again to beat Louisville, 4-3 in 10

Huntington Park Scoreboard (megasportsnews.com)

Dan Hock of megasportsnews.com also contributed to this story.

Columbus, Ohio–The 2010 Columbus Clippers baseball team has been dubbed the comeback kids because in all four of their victories, they’ve shown an ability to erase one-run deficits against Indianapolis and Louisville, two of the three teams they’ll be fighting with for the International League’s West Division Championship. Louisville has won it the last two seasons.

Also, this Clippers team can score runs in bunches. Through the first six games of the season, Columbus has scored three innings of at least five runs. They are 3-0 when having  5+ run inning (had 14 innings of at least five runs last season, going 12-1 in such games). So far, they have only given up  five or more runs in an inning once, losing that game (allowed five or more 15 times in 2009, going 0-14). The Clippers have scored multiple runs in an inning 12 times this season in 42 total innings (29%). Columbus currently leads all of Minor League Baseball with 46 runs scored.

LCF at Huntington Park (megasportsnews.com)

Tuesday night the Clippers had to come-from-behind twice to defeat the Louisville Bats. The final score in 10 innings, 4-3 on a walk-off home run by left fielder Chris Gimenez.

With the win, Columbus is 2-0 thus far on the season vs. the Bats. Louisville has been a thorn in the side of the Clippers for several years now. Last season, the Bats went 15-6 against Columbus and were 7-3 vs. the Clippers in the first season at Huntington Park. Going back to the 2007 season, the Bats have and overall edge of 40-20. If the Clippers want to win their division, they’ll have to beat Louisville and Toledo.

Louisville started the scoring last night when their designated hitter Daniel Dorn hit the first pitch of the second inning, a 92 mph fastball over the Wendy’s balcony in rightfield for his 3rd home run of the season making it 1-0. Dorn is having a solid season as he has gotten off on a good start hitting .368.

The Clippers, after missing out on a golden opportunity to go ahead in the first inning due to the wildness of Bats’ starting pitcher Sam LeCure, they finally got going on offense in the bottom of the third.  Jason Donald scored on a base hit by Wes Hodges to make it a 1-1 game. Back-to-back walks to Brian Buscher and Anderson Hernandez plated Shelley Duncan for a 2-1 Clippers lead.

Wendy's Rightfield Balcony (megasportsnews.com)

The Clippers kept Sam LeCure on the ropes all game due to his inconsistent pitching, but they could never break the game open with more runs.

The Bats on the other hand, kept applying pressure on Clippers starter Carlos Carrasco who was struggling himself on the mound. Carrasco got himself into trouble in the third inning giving up a single and walk, but got the dangerous Juan Francisco, just demoted by the Reds over the weekend, to ground out to shortstop.

In the fifth inning, Louisville got two runners on with no outs and Carrasco wiggled out of that jam by getting Chris Heisey to ground out to the shortstop.

But in the 7th inning, Carrasco’s luck ran out on him and it was his own undoing that cost him the lead. Zack Cozart led off with a basehit to center and stole second. Wilkin Castillo walked and Chris Valaika put down a sacrifice bunt to the left of the mound and Carlos Carrasco didn’t wait for Brian Buscher to get to third and threw the ball down the leftfield line and into the Louisville bullpen. By the time leftfielder Chris Gimenez came up with the ball, Zack Cozart scored and Wilkin Castillo had scored from first base to make the score 3-2 Louisville.

The Columbus Skyline hovers over the ballpark (megasportsnews.com)

The score stayed 3-2 until the bottom of the ninth inning when Columbus staged one of their patented comebacks.

With Jon Adkins pitching in relief, Jose Constanza opened the inning with a single to center. Lead-off batter Trevor Crowe followed with a hit to left center. Jason Donald laid down a sacrifice to move the runners up to third and second. The IL Player of the Week, Carlos Santana was walked intentionally to load the bases. Columbus loading the bases all night was a habit. They loaded the bases up 5 times and scored only twice.

Designated Hitter Shelley Duncan, the IL’s reigning Most Valuable Player should a very professional approach at the plate and worked the count in his favor and then lined a base hit to rightfield to score Jose Constanza from third and the game is tied 3-3. Louisville escaped the 9th by getting Wes Hodges to ground into a 5-3 double play.

In the 10th inning against Louisville’s 6th pitcher, Jesus Delgado, Columbus won the game. After getting the first two batters in the inning to ground out to the second baseman, Chris Gimenez drove a high pitch to the left centerfield lawn area and the crowd goes home happy with a 4-3 win over the Louisville Bats.

The Clippers are now 4-2 on the season and Louisville falls to 3-3.

Wednesday at 6:35 p.m., Columbus will welcome in their third division opponent, the Toledo Mud Hens. It’ll be Phil Dumatriat (0-0, 6.75 ) against Hector Rondon (0-0, 21.00)

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME MANAGER’S OFFICE. (to listen to an audio file, just click the link)/

44 807 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager It was quite a ballgame

44 808 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager Carlos Carrasco kept Columbus in game

44 809 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager Good 9th inning at bat by Shelley Duncan

44 811 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager They have to win these close games to contend

Getting ready to cover the Clippers (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Clippers stars Wes Hodges (19) and Shelley Duncan ( 18) rank first and tied for 2nd respectively in the International League in longest on-base streaks.

* The current Columbus roster features four former Arizona Wildcats, Shelley Duncan(1999-2001), Trevor Crowe (2002-2005) and Jason Donald (2004-2006) and Jordan Brown (2003-2005).

* Through six games in 2010, Huntington Park has seen 19 home runs, 11 by the Clippers.

* Carlos Santana was named the International League Player of the Week for the opening week of the season (April 8-11). Santana hit .438 (7 for 16) with 4 homers and 8 RBI’s in four games to start the season, becoming the team’s first catcher to win the honor since Izzy Molina in 1999.

* The Louisville Bats now have six of Baseball America’s top 10 Cincinnati Reds prospects on the team this year. IF/OF Todd Frazier (#1),  OF Chris Heisey (#4), Juan Francisco (#5), LHP Travis Wood (#7), LHP Matt Maloney (#8) and if Zack Cozart (#10).

* Louisville Slugger Field was listed among the “10 great places for a baseball pilgrimage” in the Monday April 5 edition of USA Today. Reporter Tim Smight highlighted the site’s history, proximity to the Ohio River and the view of the downtown skyline.

Clippers continue to play well, defeat Louisville 5-3 (Monday)

Courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Scott Lewis Clippers (MiLB)

Since the season began on the Clippers first homestand of the season, a big inning was the difference for Columbus as they won 5-3 to open a two-game series with the Louisville Bats.

This time it was a five-run sixth inning that propelled the Clippers and their first winning streak since July of 2009.

Former Ohio State star Scott Lewis made his first start of 2010 and was very impressive, allowing one run and two hits over six innings, while striking out ten.

Wes Hodges RBI-double off of Bats starter Justin Lehr started the rally in the sixth inning. Brian Buscher’s sacrifice fly gave the Clippers their first lead, and then Jose Constanza brought home two more with a double. Constanza would later come around to score on a wild pitch.

Danny Dorn hit a two-run home run in the ninth against Mike Gosling to cap the scoring, but the rally fell short and Columbus improved to 3-2 on the young season.

Tuesday night the series continues at Huntington Park as Carlos Carrasco  goes against Louisville’s Sam McClure. Game time is 6:35 p.m.

Columbus Clippers 9 Indianapolis Indians 4 (Sunday)

Courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Johan Pino (MiLB)

The Columbus Clippers showcased their potent offensive attack again on Sunday afternoon, scoring 9 runs on 12 hits and beating Indianapolis 9-4.

Yohan Pino went 5 strong innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 batters.

Carlos Santana was the leader of the offense, clubbing his 4th homer of the season in the first inning off of losing pitcher Chris Jakubauskas.  The Indians rallied for 2 runs in their half of the 4th inning to take a brief 2-1 lead, but Columbus grabbed the lead for good with 2 runs in the 5th on a Damaso Espino single and a Trevor Crowe sacrifice fly.

Carlos Santana Clippers (MiLB)

The Clippers tacked on a 5-run 7th, highlighted by 2 Brian Bixler doubles to take a 9-2 lead that would be threatened, but not overcome. Carlton Smith and Frank Hermann combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief and Jess Todd pitched the 9th inning, giving up 2 runs.

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