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Posts Tagged ‘Double-A Akron.’

Grand slam by Mills gives Clippers 80th win, 7-6 over Red Sox

 

Beau Mills (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers, clearly the best team in the IL this season, now has 80 wins on the season thanks to one of their newer and younger players.

Beau Mills belted a grand slam with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to lead the team to a 7-5 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rhode Island on Thursday night.

Columbus trailed 4-3 but were able to put two runners on second and third with no outs against Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison (6-2) in the eighth.

With one out, Travis Buck was walked intentionally.

After a strikeout for the second out of the eighth, Mills, who was having a bad road trip at 1-for-10, hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right field. It was his third homer since being called up from Double-A Akron on July 22.

Columbus starting pitcher Zach McAllister (10-3) allowed four runs, all in the second inning, and seven hits, with five strikeouts in seven innings. He became the third IL pitcher to reach 10 wins this season.

Josh Judy pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers put Chisenhall on disabled list; get Buck back from Cleveland

 

Lonnie Chisenhall (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers have placed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on the seven-day disabled list due to lingering effects from a concussion.

Chisenhall suffered the concussion last Saturday sliding into third base in Buffalo.

He has missed five games since that time.

With Chisenhall on the DL, the Clippers have a roster opening.

The Cleveland Indians, the Clippers’ parent team, optioned outfielder Travis Buck to Columbus on Friday after they activated Travis Hafner from the 15-day DL and his rehab assignment at Double-A Akron.

Buck will likely take Chisenhall’s spot on the roster.

 

compiled from Radio, TV, Cleveland Indians & Columbus Clippers news

Indians make room for Nick Johnson; could be ready for stretch run

 

Nick Johnson (file photo)

The Cleveland Indians have made room at Triple-A Columbus for former Yankees first baseman Nick Johnson. By doing so, the Tribe released infielder Wes Hodges.

Johnson signed a minor league contract with the Indians in February. He will split time with the Clippers and Double-A Akron, depending on who is playing at home.

Johnson, a career .270 hitter, had offseason surgery on his right wrist and Cleveland feels that he can help them during the stretch drive, but he needs to get several at bats before he is added to the 40-man roster.

Johnson played for Indians manager Manny Acta in Washington.

 

Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

 

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.

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

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