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Posts Tagged ‘Damaso Espino.’

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.

Clippers split their two game series with Indianapolis

Courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Donnie Veal Indianapolis (MiLB)

TUESDAY’S GAME

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.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME

Shelley Duncan hit a 2-run HR (megasportsnews.com 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.

Columbus Clippers 9 Indianapolis Indians 4 (Sunday)

Courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Johan Pino (MiLB)

The Columbus Clippers showcased their potent offensive attack again on Sunday afternoon, scoring 9 runs on 12 hits and beating Indianapolis 9-4.

Yohan Pino went 5 strong innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 batters.

Carlos Santana was the leader of the offense, clubbing his 4th homer of the season in the first inning off of losing pitcher Chris Jakubauskas.  The Indians rallied for 2 runs in their half of the 4th inning to take a brief 2-1 lead, but Columbus grabbed the lead for good with 2 runs in the 5th on a Damaso Espino single and a Trevor Crowe sacrifice fly.

Carlos Santana Clippers (MiLB)

The Clippers tacked on a 5-run 7th, highlighted by 2 Brian Bixler doubles to take a 9-2 lead that would be threatened, but not overcome. Carlton Smith and Frank Hermann combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief and Jess Todd pitched the 9th inning, giving up 2 runs.