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Columbus Clippers bomb Toledo, 7-1

Courtesy of Columbus Clippers and Toledo Mud Hens

Michael Brantley (MiLB)

Columbus defeated Toledo Saturday night, 7-1 at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.  Deik Scram, making his Triple-A debut, had two doubles for the Hens.

After retiring the first seven batters, Columbus got to Phil Dumatrait with one out in the third. Chris Gimenez and Anderson Hernandez hit back-to-back singles to get the Clippers going. After Michael Brantley flew out to left field, Jason Donald hit an RBI double, scoring Chris Gimenez. With runners on second and third, Dumatrait was able to get Trevor Crowe to fly out to right to end the inning and minimize the Clipper threat.

Carlos Santana, the Cleveland Indians top minor league prospect, led off the fourth with his  fifth home run of the season. Reining IL MVP Shelley Duncan nearly followed Santana with a homer of his own, but Jeff Frazier ran it down in deep left at the wall.  After a double by Wes Hodges, Brian Bixler added to the Clipper lead with his first home run of the season, putting Columbus up 4-0 and that was the game.


* Attendance was 6,354.

* Jeff Frazier extended his hitting streak to nine games. It is the longest hitting streak this season for a member of the Mud Hens.

* Deik Scram doubled in his first two Triple-A at bats.

* The Mud Hens threw two runners out at the plate.

Clippers beat Toledo 6-2 to even the series (Friday)

Courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

On a chilly night in Toledo,  the Columbus Clippers scored late runs against the Mud Hens’ bullpen and earned a 6-2 win to even the series. Toledo had to go to the bullpen much earlier than they wanted. Starting pitcher Ruddy Lugo was drilled in the head by a line-drive off the bat of Jason Donald’s bat. Lugo walked off the field under his own power and was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Josh Tomlin Clippers (MiLB)

Scott Lewis wasn’t as sharp as he was in his first two outings, walking 3 batters, but he allowed just 2 runs in 5 Innings of work.

Josh Tomlin threw 3 Innings of near-perfect relief for the win. He allowed no hits and walked one batter. Mike Gosling finished up the win, pitching the 9th.

Toledo rallies to beat Columbus 6-4 (Thursday )

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Jason Donald Clippers (MiLB)

Yohan Pino looked like a 2004 edition of Johan Santana for 3 innings Thursday night, striking out 7 and allowing only two weak hits and throwing only 12 pitches out of the strike zone. The 4th inning, however, was his  worst inning. Pino walked two, hit a batter and allowed 2 hits that turned into 4 runs for the Toledo Mud Hens and a 4-2 lead in the game.

Jason Donald pulled the Clippers to within a run with an RBI single in the 7th and Anderson Hernandez drove in a run in the 8th to tie the game at 4-4.

Jess Todd could not hold the tie for Columbus as he gave up the lead as he hit a batter to load the bases, Brennan Bosch came through for Toledo and drove in a pair of runs for a 6-4 lead. Jay Sborz came in for Toledo in the 9th for the Mud Hens, having not allowed a run in 6 games on the season and remained perfect for his 5th save of the season.

Clippers split their two game series with Indianapolis

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Donnie Veal Indianapolis (MiLB)


In 2009, Columbus Clippers pitcher Hector Rondon was very dominating against the Indianapolis Indians. But in 2010, they’ve figured him out.

For the second straight outing against Indianapolis, Rondon allowed 7 runs in less than 4 innings and again suffered the loss in the Clippers 9-4 defeat.

The Venezuelan right-hander was strong the first 3 innings, allowing no runs, but the wheels fell off in the 4th inning when Indy scored 7 times on 7 hits, including 3 home runs before being knocked out of the game.

Donnie Veal was the starter and winner for Indianapolis.


Shelley Duncan hit a 2-run HR ( file photo)

Victory Field in Indianapolis is one of the biggest parks in the International League. It is a park known for triples, inside-the-park homers and deep warning track fly balls.

But in Columbus’ 6-1 win over Indianapolis, the home run ball played a vital role in the game.

Shelley Duncan started the scoring with a 2-run blast in the 3rd inning, his 2nd homer of the season. In the 5th, after a Michael Brantley RBI single in his return to the Clippers roster, Jason Donald went to the opposite field for another 2-run dinger to give Columbus a 5-1 lead. A lead Wes Hodges single scored Damaso Espino in the 7th for the final Clippers run of the game.

Jeanmar Gomez was very solid for the Clippers, striking out 7 batters and allowing only 1 run on 6 hits over 5.2 innings of work for his 1st win of the season. Frank Herrmann threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief followed by Mike Gosling and Saul Rivera who each tossed an inning of shutout baseball.

Carlos Santana left the game in the third inning after fouling a ball off of his leg. The Clippers have him listed as day-to-day.

Clippers good luck vs. Louisville runs out on Monday

Courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Five in a row against the defending IL West division champion Louisville Bats was a nice run for Columbus in 2010, but reality set in Monday night. The reality is that you can’t beat a team every game, especially in baseball.

Louisville avoided the sweep by winning at home, 8-2, Monday night.

Sam LeCure (MiLB)

Through the first four innings, the teams were locked in a fantastic pitcher’s duel between Carlos Carrasco and Sam LeCure allowing just one hit each and no runs. The 5th inning was the inning  that did in Carrasco and the Clippers.

After striking out the lead-off man, Carrasco allowed a single to the number nine hitter, Corky Miller. One batter later, Carrasco induced a ground ball back to the mound and tried to start what would’ve been an inning-ending double-play, but he threw low to 2nd base for an error. With two on and one out, the next hitter Chris Heisey cracked a 3-run homer to start the scoring.

After finishing the inning, Carrasco’s night was  over.

Sam LeCure did not struggle. The Bats, right-hander did not allow another base runner until a  misplayed ball fell into center field in the 8th. LeCure allowed two men to reach base, struck out nine and faced on over the minimum in his eight dominant innings.

The Clippers now head to Indianapolis for a pair of games against the Indians.

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