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Clippers win fourth straight on homestand 5-1; Carrasco sharp for second straight time


COLUMBUS, OHIO — Righthander Carlos Carrasco, 10-5, pitched seven effective innings in posting the Clippers fourth straight win on a current three team, 10-game homestand. Columbus, who had dropped 9 of the previous 11 before this homestand, ran its current streak to four games in beating IL North leader Scranton, 5-1.

Carlos Carrasco pitched his second straight game of six innings or more without allowing a walk. He went seven innings Tuesday and gave up only five hits. “He was sharp with his off-speed stuff and had good location,” according to Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh.

Carlos Carrasco now 10-5 (MiLB)

Columbus scored twice in the opening frame to get a early 2-0 lead. Jose Constanza, a IL All-Star, opened with a single stole second and was driven in by Ezequiel Carrera. Second baseman Cord Phelps doubled in Carrera for the second run to make the score 2-0.

The Clippers repeated the sequence in the third for another two run rally Jose Constanza walked stole second. Carrera singled to left field to bring home Constanza. Jared Goedert later in the frame drove home Carrera to boost the margin to 4-0.

In addition to his quality start, Carrasco started a pitcher to shortstop to first double play in the sixth that was a key play in stopping a possible Scanton rally. “That was a key play in showing how a pitcher can helped himself in winning a ball game,” added Sarbaugh.

Columbus has outscored Louisville and Scranton 25-8 during the four-game winning streak.


* Columbus defeated Scranton in the seasonal series 5-2 in 2009. The Clippers only had a winning record in 2009 against three teams.

Espino and Canizares earn IL Players of the Week

The International League has selected Gwinnett designated hitter Barbaro Canizares and Columbus pitcher Paolo Espino have been named the League’s Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 9-15. The award represents the second career IL Batter of the Week Award for Canizares (April 3-13, 2008) and the fourth weekly award for the G-Braves this season (Chris Resop: May 10-16, Matt Young: June 21-27, and Todd Redmond: June 28-July 4). Espino’s honor is the third for Columbus in 2010 (Carlos Santana: April 8-11 and Jordan Brown: May 24-30.

Today we’ll highlight the week for IL pitcher of the week, Paolo Espino of the Columbus Clippers.

Paolo Espino Clippers (MiLB)

Making just the third start at the Triple-A level, Columbus right-hander Paolo Espino made a tremendous impact on the race in the IL West this past week.

He pitched for the Clippers on Saturday against Louisville with the Clippers holding a slim 1/2 game lead in the division. Espino outdueled Bats leftys Travis Wood and Matt Maloney, both of whom have seen action in the Major Leagues this season with the parent club, the Cincinnati Reds.

Espino pitched seven scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out eight as the Clippers won a hard fought 1-0 game. The eight strikeouts were a season-high for Espino, who was 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA at Double-A Akron before earning the promotion to Columbus earlier in the month.

Espino, who is 23, is in his fourth season of professional baseball after being selected by the Indians in the 10th round of the 2006 draft. Prior to this season, Espino had pitched just 3.0 innings above the Class-A level. Espino is a native of Panama City, Panama.

So far with Columbus, he is 1-1 in three starts with a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings, with 5 walks and 14 strikeouts.

On Tuesday we’ll take a look at the week that IL batter of the week Barbaro Canizares had for the Gwinnett Braves.

Info courtesy of the International League

Columbus beats Aaron Harang; sweep series from Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats had ideas of beating Columbus on Sunday with the Reds veteran starter Aaron Harang on a rehab assignment to try and halt a two-game losing skid.

But Aaron Harang could not stop Columbus’ momentum as the Clippers swept the Bats, 7-3.

Columbus improved to 13-6 against Louisville this year, and pushed their International League West lead to 2 1/2 games while gaining their 71st victory.

Yohan Pino Clippers (MiLB)

The Clippers scored in the first inning when Jared Goedert’s sacrifice fly plated Jose Constanza. Then “The Hometown Heroes” added four in the second, getting a single from Ezequiel Carrera which plated two runs and a two-run double from Cord Phelps.

Harang settled down after that, retiring the next nine in order. However, Yohan Pino (9-7) was very effective for Columbus, allowing nine hits and striking out five in six scoreless innings.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers move 1 1/2 games ahead of Louisville with 1-0 win

The Columbus Clippers are slowly building a lead again in the IL West race over the hard-charging Louisville Bats.

Behind Paolo Espino’s pitching Saturday night, Columbus shut down the powerful Bats, 1-0 before 9,412 fans at Huntington Park. the game was quick, 2 hours, 12 minutes.

Espino was called up from Double-A Akron on August 3 to fill out the Clippers pitching rotation that had been depleted by so many callups by the Cleveland Indians. Espino, now 1-0 pitched seven shutout innings in his third Triple-A start. Paolo was pitching all night to his cousin, Damaso Espino, the Clippers catcher. The two had worked together this season in Akron.

Paolo Espino Clippers pitcher (MiLB)

Damaso Espino Clippers catcher (MiLB)

Columbus scored the only run of the game in the fourth against losing pitcher Matt Maloney (10-6) when former Bat Drew Sutton led off with a double. Wes Hodges sacrificed him to third and Matt McBride followed with a sacrifice fly.

The lead stood up as the bullpen followed Paolo Espino to the mound. Bryce Stowell retired the side in order in the eighth and Vinnie Pestano did the same in the ninth for his 11th save.

Lansing Lugnuts 2 Dayton Dragons 1


Lansing Lugnuts starting pitcher Dave Sever and two relievers combined to allow just five hits in beating the Dragons 2-1 on Friday night before a crowd of 8,436 at Fifth Third Field. Lansing won all three games in the series.

Dave Sever Lansing (MiLB)

Lansing reliever Aaron Loup entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Lugnuts leading 2-1. He struck out Didi Gregorius and got Henry Rodriguez to fly out to center and end the threat, then pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Tim Crabbe, the Dragons starting pitcher, lasted four and one-third innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs with five walks and four strikeouts. He suffered the loss and is now 2-5.

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