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Clippers win Governors’ Cup as IL champions again; tops Lehigh Valley 3 games to 1


(courtesy of the International League)

The Columbus Clippers have proven for the second year in a row that they are the kingpins in the International League.

The team was the 2010 IL champions and the National champions of Minor League Baseball.

In 2011, the Clippers beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 4-1 in the deciding game in Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania to wrap up its second straight Governors’ Cup title, 3 games to 1 and a return trip to the Triple-A national championship game to play the Pacific Coast League winner in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday.

The architect of this domination is the parent Cleveland Indians, but the man steering the ship is manager Mike Sarbaugh, who also was a good manager while running the Double-A Akron Aeros.

The Clippers won an IL-best 88 games in the regular season despite overcoming 183 player moves involving them, Cleveland and Akron. They won the IL West Division by 12 gaves over the Indianapolis Indians. They beat Durham and Lehigh Valley, two quality teams in the IL playoffs. It goes to show everybody that the Indians farm system is loaded with talent.

Winning the decisive game, was pitcher Paolo Espino, who pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and one run, a homer by Brandon Moss, and struck out five. His pitching followed the strong starts of fellow hurlers Mitch Talbot and Joe Martinez in games 2 and 3 respectively.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Columbus Clippers news

Clippers win IL West title behind Espino’s pitching


Pablo Espino (file photo)

Right-handed pitcher Pablo Espino just returned to the Columbus Clippers in July with an undefined role.

In the championship season of 2010, he was starter, but in the past month, his role has been either start or relieve.

The talented pitcher scattered two hits while striking out seven batters over seven innings, combining with two pitchers on a two-hitter in leading the Clippers to a 5-0 shutout of the Buffalo Bisons. The win coupled with Lehigh Valley’s 7-4 win in Indianapolis allowed Columbus to win the International League West Division champions.

Espino upped his record to 2-1 on the season with Columbus, but is 8-1 combined with his time with the Akron Aeros.


Info compiled from Columbus Clippers & Minor League Baseball

Nick Hagadone pitched a perfect eighth inning and Josh Judy closed out the game with a quick 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Beau Mills selected as Indians Minor League Player of the Week


Beau Mills (courtesy of Akron Aeros)

The Cleveland Indians have selected Akron Aeros first baseman Beau Mills as their Minor League Player of the Week for the week of July 10-16.

The Indians weekly select a player in their developmental system for their play during the previous week.

This past week, the 24-year-old Mills, hit .588 (10-17) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s as he hit safely in all 5 games for the Double-A Aeros while compiling a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.118 slugging percentage (1.785 OPS). He was also named the Eastern League Player of the Week.

Mills, who did not begin the 2011 season until the middle of May after suffering Achilles tendonitis in spring training, is having a good season at .308 (66-218) with 34 runs scored, 16 doubles, a triple, 9 homers, 44 RBI’s in 58 games.

The son of current Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, Beau was the Indians first round selection (13th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. In 2010 at Double-A Akron, Ohio, he batted .241 with 10 home runs and 72 RBI’s in 113 games.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians & Akron Aeros

Aeros outfielder Fedroff named Eastern League Player of the Month for May


The Eastern League has selected Akron Aeros outfielder Tim Fedroff as its Player of the Month for May.

Fedroff, a Flagtown, New Jersey native led the Eastern League in batting for the month hitting at .412 (42-for-102) with eight doubles, two triples, 20 RBI’s, 18 runs scored, 10 walks and four stolen bases in 26 games.

The 24-year-old also led the Eastern League in hits (42) and on-base percentage (.485) in May. During the month, he finished tied for fourth in the league in OPS (.994), tied for fifth in RBI’s (20), tied for seventh in triples (two), tied for eighth in runs scored (18) and tied for 10th in total bases (54).

Tim Fedroff (courtesy of Akron Aeros)

The 5’11, 220 lb. outfielder hit in a league-best 20 straight games during the month spanning from May 4-27. During the  streak, Fedroff hit .468 (36-for-77) with eight doubles, two triples, 18 RBI’s and 16 runs scored. His 20-game hitting streak is tied for the third longest in franchise history with former Aeros infielder Ryan Mulhern, who hit in 20 straight games from July 22- August 18, 2005.

In 52 games in 2011, Fedroff leads the Eastern League in hitting (.362) and hits (71), is third in on-base percentage (.412) and is eighth in RBI’s with 30.


Info courtesy of the Eastern League & Akron Aeros news

Clippers fall to Aeros in final exhibition game


Jason Kipnis Columbus Clippers (file photo)

Columbus, Ohio- In their final exhibition game, the Columbus Clippers fell to the Akron Aeros, the Indians’ Double-A farm team.  Or, perhaps they should be known as the akron aeros based on how they scored their runs.  The final score does not tell the story–when the margin reached 8-4 at the end of the 5th, the Aeros had hit only five balls out of the infield, and two of those came on a hit-and-run, another was a high chopper over third base.

The Clippers should welcome a normal game when the regular season starts April 7 in Indianapolis–this game went seven innings by design, the Clippers-Indians game was called due to snow in the third inning on March 30, and Monday’s exhibition game with the Aeros in Akron was rained out.  In the sixth inning, Akron’s Connor Graham entered the game and threw four pitches to Jordan Brown before needing medical attention.  The teams decided to call off the Clippers’ at bats for the sixth–as a result, Brown can claim some kind of record by leading off consecutive innings with no teammates batting in between.

Matt Packer Akron Aeros (file photo)

With a strong wind blowing from right to left, the Aeros cashed in by putting the ball in play instead of up in the air.  They scratched out a run in the first as Jordan Henry beat out a slow grounder to second, went to third on Juan Diaz’ seeing-eye single up the middle, and scored on Chun Chen’s smash to third, on which Luis Valbuena made a fine play to his right and threw out Diaz at second.

The Clippers’ second baseman Jason Kipnis is making the switch from the outfield this season, and was tested right out the box by Henry’s dribbler.  Last year, Kipnis hit .307 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 74 RBIs in 133 games between Class A Kinston and Double-A Akron.  He would show his power in the bottom of the first after Ezequiel Carrera led off with a single up the middle.  Cord Phelps ripped a double to the right field gap and Kipnis followed with a blast in the same direction but even farther, clearing the fence in right-center for a three-run homer.

The Aeros evened it up at 3-3 with more small-ball in the third as Karexon Sanchaz walked went to third on a hit-and-run single by Donnie Webb, and came home on an error.  Webb scored on a Corey Kluber wild pitch.

The Aeros added five more in the fifth with the help of two walks, an infield hit, a wild pitch, and the chopper over third base by Kyle Bellows that drove in two runs.

Aeros’ starter Matt Packer settled down after Kipnis’ home run to get the win, giving up four runs and only one walk in five innings.  He averaged almost a strikeout per inning last year, and struck out four Clippers batters.

Kluber pitched four innings and took the loss.

The Clippers’ home opener is Saturday, April 16 at 4:05 pm.

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