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Fort Wayne TinCaps hold off Dayton Dragons, 6-5

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Fort Wayne closer Nick Schumacher pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning to hold off a Dayton comeback bid as the TinCaps beat the Dragons 6-5, Wednesday night before a crowd of 7, 940 at Fifth Third Field. The TinCaps have won two of three games in the series.

Nick Schumacher Ft. Wayne (MiLB)

New Dragons pitcher Kevin Arico made his professional debut, retiring the side in order in the sixth inning. Arico led the nation in saves this spring at the University of Virginia before being selected in the 10th round of the 2010 baseball draft by the Reds.

The Dragons’ Josh Garton went 2-for-4 at the plate. Cameron Satterwhite’s 15-game hitting streak was snapped as he went 0-4. His streak was the second longest hitting streak in the Midwest League in 2010 to date and the third longest in Dragons history.

Clippers beat Indianapolis, 7-3; ups lead in IL West to 4 games

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Led by first baseman Jordan Brown’s 4 runs batted in, the Columbus Clippers have upped their lead to four games in the IL West division race over second place Indianapolis.

Huntington Park Press Room (megasportsnews.com)

Wednesday night’s  game was mirror of Tuesday night’s game as the Clippers defeated the Indianpolis Indians, 7-3 at Huntington Park before 9,552 fans.

Akinori Iwamura Indianapolis 2b (megasportsnews.com)

The Clippers scored five runs in the fourth inning on Tuesday night and followed that up with five more on Wednesday night leading to another win.

The Clippers were down 2-1 going into the fourth inning, as Alex Presley gave the Indians an early lead 2-0, with a high, two-homer off the right field Wendy’s Hamburger Balcony 318-feet from home plate in the first inning.

Columbus cut the lead in half in the third inning as Jordan Brown drove in Michael Brantley with a sacrifice fly to right field.

In the fourth inning, Jordan Brown delivered again, clearing the bases with a three-run double to center field over the head of Alex Presley. Luis Valbuena and Michael Brantley also drove in runs in the inning as well.

Akinori Iwamura walks to the plate (megasportsnews.com)

Just like Tuesday’s game, there were ejections. Home Plate umpire Chris Ward threw out Clippers catcher Lou Marson on a ball 3 call to Indy 1B Jeff Clement in the 5th inning. And then Ward ejected Indy 3B Steve Pearce who was thrown out trying to score from second base by Clippers CF Jose Constanza in the 5th inning as well.

Carlos Carrasco got the win for Columbus, pitching five innings, throwing 106 pitchers, allowing two earned runs on with hits. He struggled with his command at time walking five but struck out six.

Indians CF Alex Presley hit a very impressive homer in the eighth inning off of Clippers reliever Justin Germano. His high drive cleared between the Dispatch scoreboard and the right field Wendy’s Hamburger Balcony and onto Nationwide Blvd and rolled up to 400 feet into a parking lot across from Huntington Park. Quite impressive!

The Clippers grounds crew readies the field (megasportsnews.com)

The grounds crew prepares home plate area (megasportsnews.com)

Huff, Goedert lead Clippers to series opener win over Indians, 7-3

Huntington Park left field line (megasportsnews.com)

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Lefthander David Huff won his second straight start for the Clippers Tuesday night and Jared Goedert continued his hot hitting in giving Columbus a 7-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians in the opener of a home-and-home 4-game series.

The win, allowed the Clippers to increase their lead in the International League West Division to 3 full games over Indianapolis.

David Huff pitching well in Columbus (mlb)

Huff, despite throwing 97 pitches, went five innings for the win. He gave up five hits, struck out five and walked two. Those walks were the first for Huff since he has been in Triple-A.

“My concern is efficiency when I pitch and with the high pitch count I have to work on that area. My fastball and changeups were good and I was able to get hitters to swing over a lot of pitches. I also felt my location was good especially on the fastball,” noted the 24-year-old Huff.

Columbus trailed briefly at 1-0 before tying the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning. The Clippers jumped ahead to stay 6-1 with four more runs keyed by a three-run homer by third baseman Jared Goedert, who hit his 10th homer since joining Columbus from the Double-A Akron Aeros on June 4th.

Clippers broadcasters Scott Leo and Ryan Mitchell (megasportsnews.com)

Goedert, who is hitting .326, keyed the first of three Indian ejections when lefty Corey Hamman threw inside on the next hitter Jordan Brown and was thrown out of the game. Later in the sixth inning, manager Frank Kremblas, a Canal Winchester native, and designated hitter Brian Myrow, a former Clipper, were tossed out for arguing balls and strikes.

Frank Kremblas Indians manager (MiLB)

Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh, liked the work of David Huff. “Despite throwing deep in the count, I liked his changeup and it was good off the fastball. I also liked our depth on our ball club and we showed the running game tonight”. Columbus stole 5 bases and received three from outfielder Jose Constanza.

The Clippers will be back in action tonight to close out the homestand; game time is 7:05 p.m.

The AEP Power Pavilion was packed Tuesday night (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Indianapolis Indians manager Frank Kremblas was selected to the 2010 International League All-Star coaching staff for the July 14th game in Lehigh Valley.

* Indians outfielder Alex Presley in only his third game in the IL this past Sunday, hit for the cycle in the Indians win over Toledo. This was the first cycle by a batter in Victory Field in Indianapolis since the park opened in 1996.

* Frank Kremblas is a native of Canal Winchester and is the son of former Ohio State quarterback Frank Kremblas, Sr., and his dad quarterbacked the 1957 Buckeyes to a share of the national championship.

* Indianapolis broadcaster Howard Kellman worked his 5,000th game on June 4th.

Record-setting crowd can’t help Clippers get past Gwinnett Braves

Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers

It was a record-setting night at Huntington Park, with 12,227 fans came through the gates for Dime-a-Dog Night, setting a new attendance record by four people. The record crowd watched two rallies late in two rallies late in the game, but the Gwinnett Braves had the last rally that put them over the hump in beating the Columbus Clippers, 4-3.

Clint Sammons had game-winning RBI for Gwinnett (MiLB)

Clint Sammons came up with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth against reliever Vinnie Pesano and knocked in two runs on a fielder’s choice. Shortstop Brian Bixler was unable to complete the double play on Sammons’ ground ball as Josh Anderson scored the tying run and Joe Thurston scored the winning run.

Jared Goedert hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eight inning off reliever, Mariano Gomez, barely clearing the left field wall giving the Clippers a temporary 3-2 lead. Goedert had a chance to deliver again in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, but struck out looking against reliever Craig Kimbrel to end the game.

Gwinnett Braves 11 Columbus Clippers 7

compiled from staff, wire and Columbus Clippers info

The Columbus Clippers lost Sunday at Huntington Park to the Gwinnett Braves, 11-7.

Columbus center fielder Michael Brantley tried his best to lead the team to a win.

The leadoff hitter had quite a day, collecting three hits to up his batting average to .314, he scored two runs and stole two bases.

The 23-year-old speedster opened the game by racing to the deep  right-center field gap to take an extra-base hit away from Matt Young.

Michael Brantley Clippers (mlb)

Jared Goedert who has been up from Double-A Akron for almost a month, hit his eighth homer for Columbus.

The starting pitchers in Sunday’s game did not pitch well and received early showers.

Columbus scored three runs off  Jo-Jo Reyes in both the first and second innings.

The Braves equaled those six runs in a nightmarish second inning for Columbus starter Yohan Pino (7-4) that had seven hits.

Gwinnett upped the lead with three more runs in the third on a two-out, bases-loaded double by Matt Diaz.

The Braves bullpen pitched five scoreless innings to close the door.

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