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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

TRIPLE-A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Columbus Clippers 12 Tacoma Rainiers 6

By Mohamed Ibrahim (Clipart courtesy of

The Columbus Clippers have followed up their Governors’ Cup championship run by topping off the 2010 season by winning the Triple-A National Championship. Tuesday night’s contest in Oklahoma City saw the Columbus Clippers defeat the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, 12-6.

The win marked the second straight year that the International League has won the matchup, which features the IL champ vs. the Pacific Coast League winner. Durham won the title in 2009.

David Huff struggled in Cleveland; became Clippers ace leading them to 2 titles (MiLB)

David Huff earned the win for the Clippers, pitching six innings. He gave up all six runs on seven hits and struck out six. The bullpen work of Zach Putnam, Josh Judy and Vinnie Pestano followed Huff and shut down Tacoma.

Columbus knocked out 19 hits, compared to nine for the Rainiers. Jason Kipnis and Josh Rodriguez joined Jerad Head in the three-hit club, and five other Columbus starters had two hits.

The win ends a strong postseason for the Clippers, who struggled in the final weeks of the regular season and advanced to the IL playoffs as the wild card team, then dominated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Durham to win the franchise’s first Governors’ Cup in 14 years.

A nationally-television audience saw how good the Columbus Clippers are and they are Triple-A Champions!

info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

IL FINALS, GAME 3: Durham edges Columbus, 3-2 to stay alive; Clippers still up 2-1

The Governor’s Cup series shifted to Durham, North Carolina on Thursday night and the Bulls home field of Athletic Park.

Durham used their home crowd advantage and solid pitching to stave off elimination in the finals, winning the best-of-five series, game three.

Leslie Anderson (MiLB)

The defending IL champion Bulls used four pitchers to shut down the Clippers and scored a run in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win.

Leslie Anderson hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Josh Judy to score Eliot Johnson with the winning run.

Game four is tonight in Durham at 7:05 p.m.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

IL FINALS GAME 1:Columbus Clippers 18 Durham Bulls 5; Clippers lead 1-0

After going through the longest drought between Governors’ Cup games in franchise history, the Clippers made up for the lost time Tuesday night at Huntington Park, by jumping all over the Durham Bulls from the opening inning, to take game 1 in the best-of-five series, 18-5.

Jose Constanza singled, stole a base and then scored on a Cord Phelps single to open the scoring. But that was just the start of the nightmare for the Bulls. Wes Hodges banged out a two-run homer to the deepest part of the ballpark, scoring Phelps.

David Huff (MiLB)

Jared Goedert later doubled to score Jason Kipnis (who singled in his first Triple-A at bat after being called up to Columbus to replace Drew Sutton, who was recalled to Cleveland) and Jerad Head rounded up the five-run inning with a single to score Goedert.

Bulls pitcher Richard De Los Santos (0-2) was ejected in the third inning for hitting Hodges.

Clippers pitcher David Huff (1-0), pitched smoothly and didn’t allow a base runner until a lead-off single in the fifth inning.

All told, Columbus scored their 18 runs on 20 hits and every starter in the lineup had at least two hits a piece and everyone scored at least one run.

The Clippers will play at Huntington Park for the final time in 2010, when they host the Bulls in game two on Wednesday night. Columbus right-hander Zack McAllister is scheduled to take to the mound opposite Durham’s Anuery Rodriguez.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers win games 3 & 4 to move into Governors’ Cup Finals


Yohan Pino gave up a lead-off single Friday night and then walked the next batter he faced. That would be all of the offense that Scranton could muster for the game.

Pino teammed with Zach Putnam and Vinnie Pestano on a one-hitter and the Clippers regained the series lead with 1-0 win in Moosic, Pennsylvania.

Yohan Pino (MiLB)

The game was scoreless into the seventh, when Columbus had not one, but two men thrown out at the plate on consecutive singles. In the eighth, they finally broke through. Luke Carlin doubled with one out, and with two down in the inning, he came all the way around to score on Jose Constanza’s infield single.

The Clippers went up 2-1 in the series.


The Columbus Clippers have advanced to the Governors’ Cup final for the first time since 1997, with a series-clinching 11-5 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Saturday afternoon. Columbus last won the International League title in 1996.

Trailing 1-0, Columbus scored three runs in the third inning, highlighted by a Drew Sutton two-out, two-run single.

Drew Sutton (MiLB)

Then the Clippers scored seven times in the fourth inning. The Clippers knocked out Yankees starter Hector Noesi. He allowed nine runs, all earned, while getting just 10 outs.

Clippers pitcher Paolo Espino pitched great, allowing just two early runs, scattering five hits while striking out six.

Columbus is off until Tuesday, when they’ll host the winner of the Louisville/Durham series. The Bats were up 2-1 in the series, but Durham won 8-1 Saturday night and Game 5 on Sunday will decide the series.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

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