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Norfolk Tides shut down Clippers offense; wins 6-3

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH FORMER OHIO STATE BASEBALL STAR AND CURRENT NORFOLK TIDES CENTERFIELDER MATT ANGLE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 149 Matt Angle Norfolk CF Part 1 Back to Columbus, Orioles Plans for him (megasportsnews.com)

45 150 Matt Angle Norfolk Part 2 Drafted 3 years ago, Arizona Fall League, OSU days (megasportsnews.com)

Monday night's starting lineups (megasportsnews.com)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Monday night was “614 Magazine Night” at Huntington Park. Plus, there were several fans in attendance to see Matt Angle, a native of Whitehall and a former Ohio State Buckeye baseball star whose has risen rather quickly in the Orioles system. Angle was drafted in 2007.

Clippers fans ended up disappointed and the Angle fans were happy as Matt played a solid game going 1 for 4 with a walk in the leadoff spot for Norfolk. And he came up with the defensive play of the game on Clippers third baseman Jared Goedert, who has shown a display of power-hitting since being promoted Double-A Akron.

The Clippers were down 3-2 when Goedert drove the baseball toward the wall in deep center.

Matt Angle, playing centerfield for Norfolk, robbed Goedert of a possible two-run double  with a sensational catch up against the center-field wall in the fourth inning. That play seemed to take the wind out of the sails for the Clippers.

The Clippers not only had to worry about the Norfolk defense, but the Tides received a solid pitching performance from starting pitcher Armando Gabino(4-0) en route to a 6-3 win over Columbus before a crowd of 9,059.

The Clippers offense, one of the better ones in the International League, went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The usual clutch hitting was not available last night.

Losing pitcher for Columbus was Carlos Carrasco (5-3). Carrasco put up another quality start but had trouble getting Norfolk Tides third baseman Josh Bell out. Bell homered, doubled and drove in two runs to lead his club.

Armando Gambino of Norfolk is imposing at 6'3 250 on mound (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. And more than a few fans at Huntington Park made the comment that the tides have better talent than the parent team and some those players should be in the majors.

* Norfolk is 29-37, 11.5 games behind Durham in the IL South. They’re 11-20 on the road, and 5-5 in the last 10 games.

* Norfolk usually gives the Clippers fits. In 2009, the Tides were 7-1 against Columbus.

* Tides reliever Ross Wolf has lowered his ERA to 2.17 for the season. Wolf has not allowed a run in any of his seven appearances in June, as he’s allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out four in 8.2 innings over that stretch. 18 of his 24 games this season have been scoreless.

Columbus area native Matt Angle of Norfolk (megasportsnews.com)

* Tides outfielder Matt Angle was selected by the Orioles in the 7th round of the 2007 draft out of Ohio State University. Angle led the 2007 Buckeyes with a .366 average, 53 runs, 27 walks, 22 stolen bases and four triples in 59 games, and was a First-Team and Second-team All-Mideast Region pick as a sophomore (2006) and a Third Team All-Big Ten pick as a junior (2007).

* Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh is just six games away from his 500th win (494-347 .587 all-time in the regular season).

* The Clippers are 39-27 and lead the IL West by  1.5 games over Toledo who is 37-28.

Michael Brantley of Columbus at bat (megasportsnews.com)

CLIPPERS UPDATE: Saturday and Sunday results

Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Staff writer Dan Hock also contributed to this story

SATURDAY

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Norfolk Tides, 6-2 on Saturday night in Huntington Park before 10,100 faithful fans to open a four game series. The two teams battled not only each other but a 46-minute rain delay halting play in the home half of the fifth inning.

Michael Aubrey Orioles (mlb)

The Clippers trailed 2-0 prior to the rain delay as Michael Aubrey, in his return to Huntington Park, hit his fourth homer run of the season in the top of the third inning off starter Josh Tomlin. Blake Davis followed Aubrey’s homer in the third with one of his own, his second of the season.

Once play resumed in the bottom of five, the Clippers started pounding the ball and took control of the game.

SUNDAY

Lou Marson up until a few days ago was playing for the Cleveland Indians. Now he is 140 miles south down Interstate-71 playing for the Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers and making the most of his opportunities.

On Sunday, he broke a perfect game in the sixth inning with a home run and helped the Clippers to a 10-inning, 5-4 win over the Norfolk Tides, the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate.

Marson had heard all season that Indians top prospect Carlos Santana was going to be called up at anytime. It would not have made a difference if he was hitting .190 or .490, the move was going to be made.

The Clippers were trailing 3-0 against Tides starter Brandon Erbe having retired all 15 batters he had faced. In that sixth inning, Marson had seen enough of three-up-and-three-down as he turned on a 1-1 pitch and belted a homer to the left field bleachers and the comeback was heating up.

Matt LaPorta (mlb)

Matt LaPorta, another recently demoted player, has been on a hot streak since coming from Cleveland on June 8. He delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive home Jose Constanza and the comeback was complete.

GAME NOTES

* Bobby Dickerson, who had been serving as Baltimore Orioles Minor League Coordinator and Latin American Field Coordinator has been named interim manager of the Norfolk Tides, replacing Gary Allenson who was chosen to be third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles when Dave Trembley was fired June 3rd.

Juan Samuel, third base coach under Trembley, was named interim manager.

The 44-year-old Dickerson has a managerial record of 525-462 and most recently was field manager of the Iowa Cubs, top farm team for the Chicago Cubs in 2009. He had a record of 72-72 at Iowa.

As a player, Dickerson was drafted by the Yankees in the 232nd round of the 1987 amateur draft and played seven seasons in the minors with the Yankees and Orioles.

Celtics take over NBA Finals beating LA, 92-86

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Boston Celtics are looking like the team from 2008 that won the NBA Finals as they’re one game from winning another NBA Title.

Sunday night in Boston, Paul Pierce scored 27 points and the Celtics overcame 38 points from Kobe Bryant to defeat the Lakers 92-86 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Paul Pierce (nba)

Game 6 is in Los Angeles on Tuesday and if also Game 7 if it is necessary on Thursday.

The Lakers basically gave Bryant no help and he had to score 23 points in a row all by himself. the only problem was, when he got hot, Boston was controlling the game and traded baskets. So the Lakers could not catch up after that.

Strasburg wins but ran out of gas in 6th; 32,876 impressed

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Stephen Strasburg experience stopped in Cleveland on Sunday. He threw hard, but Cleveland made him throw alot of pitches, 95 to be exact in 5 1/3 innings but he won 9-4. The phenom drew 32,876 fans to Progressive Field which hadn’t seen that many fans since Opening Day and when the Cincinnati Reds visited last month.

Stephen strasburg (mlb)

With Strasburg pitching, ticket sales increased by 15,000, including the baseball team’s favorite, the-walkup-crowd  which totaled 3,823.

Strasburg hit 99 mph on the gun and hit 100 but Travis Hafner hit that pitch over the right-field fence in the second inning to make it a 1-1. But Strasburg threw several pitches between 80 and 86 mph using curve balls and changeups to get batters out.

David Huff was the losing pitcher, he’s 2-8.

Without Rolen and Phillips, Reds struggle vs. Greinke and Royals

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO:

David DeJesus of Royals at bat (megasportsnews.com)

Scoreboard at Great American Ball Park (megasportsnews.com)

When members of the media saw that both Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips were out of the lineup Sunday at Great American Ball Park, the feeling was mutual that the Reds would struggle against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke.

We were all thinking on the same page as the Kansas City ace pitcher (2-8) pitched more like Cy Young than the one who entered the game with a 4.05 ERA. He struck out 12, walked none and was not hurt by two homers by Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

The Reds got help this weekend. While they were losing two of three to Kansas City, Arizona did them a favor and beat the injury-depleted St. Louis Cardinals two out of three in the desert. So the Reds with an off day on Monday, lead the NL Central by 1 1/2 games.

Scott Rolen was out of the lineup because of a scheduled day off.

Brandon Phillips’ absence is another matter. He scratched from the starting lineup due to cramping in his right hamstring. He was out early Sunday morning trying to see if it would loosen up while jogging in the outfield and it wouldn’t. He’ll have an MRI today.

Outside hallway of the Reds Press Box (megasportsnews.com)

Reds retired numbers and Jackie Robinson's #42. (megasportsnews.com)

The Royals have been tough on the Reds the last two seasons, winning  5 0f 6 games. Sunday, the hitting stars were CF David DeJesus who went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored, a double, home run and 2 walks. 1B Billy Butler was 4 for 5 with two doubles, a homer and 4 RBI’s. It’s hard to believe the Royals are 27-37 but they have bullpen problems, no depth on the bench and they don’t play defense well. But they sure can hit as their team batting average of .276 indicates.

SOUNDS FROM THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS POST GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, just click on the link)

45 125 Ned Yost KC Mgr Bob McClure working with Zack Greinke (megasportsnews.com)

45 130 Ned Yost KC Mgr What impressed him about David DeJesus at bat (megasportsnews.com)

45 132 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Billy Butler and Jose Guillen (megasportsnews.com)

45 133 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Wilson Betermit’s role (megasportsnews.com)

45 134 Billy Butler KC 1B Finally put up runs for Zack Greinke (megasportsnews.com)

45 136 Billy Butler KC 1B His focus worked at the plate today (megasportsnews.com)

45 137 Billy Butler KC 1B Hitting to all fields is his key (megasportsnews.com)

45 138 Zack Greinke KC RHP The adjustments made in his delivery (megasportsnews.com)

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