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Toledo rallies to beat Clippers, 8-6


(courtesy of Toledo Mud Hens via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Clippers jumped out to an early lead, but a six run sixth inning by Toledo was too much as the IL West leading Clippers dropped an 8-6 decision at Huntington Park on Friday night.

Clippers starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez did not get off to a good start as he trailed 1-0 after the first inning.

The Clippers tied the score at 1-1 as Ezequiel Carrera came in to score on the front-end of a double steal to make it 1-1.

The Clippers stretched their lead out to 4-1 in the fourth when Jason Donald hit a solo home run.

But the Mud Hens took control and came back to win the game.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Louisville tough on Clippers again; wins 3-2 in 9th


Todd Frazier (courtesy of

Justin Germano, who can fill in any need on a pitching staff, short relief, long relief, closer or spot-starter, was used in the latter role on Wednesday night in Louisville.

Germano took a perfect game into the sixth inning in a solid start but Columbus still lost the the Bats, 3-2.

The Clippers entered the ninth inning up 2-0, but the Bats loaded the bases with nobody out. Jeremy Hermida’s 2-run double tied the game and Todd Frazier’s sacrifice fly brought home Devin Mesoraco to win the game.

The Clippers won the first two games in the five-game set, but the Bats won the last three games and trail Columbus in the IL West by 9.5 games.

Germano went six innings, striking out seven in a spot-start after Zach McAllister was called-up to Cleveland to start Thursday’s game against Toronto. Germano’s no-hit bid was ended after Todd Frazier’s bunt single. Zach Putnam pitched the ninth and was the losing pitcher.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Valbuena’s 10th inning walk-off homer beats Bats, 6-5


Luis Valbuena (file photo)

COLUMBUS — Luis Valbuena hit a walk-off homer on a 3-1 pitch to leadoff the bottom of the 10th inning, to give the Columbus Clippers a 6-5 win over their IL West rivals, the Louisville Bats.

A crowd of 10,480 fans on a beautiful Saturday night at Huntington Park saw the Clippers advantage in the division move to 11.5 games.

Louisville got on the board first in the opening inning. with one out, Yonder Alonso hit long home run to the right field balcony, his 10th of the season and the Bats were up 1-0.

In the bottom of the first, the Clippers came back to take the lead. Ezequiel Carrera led off with a hit, Jason Kipnis single to right moving Carrera to third. Chad Huffman hit a tapper to the right of the mound and Bats pitcher Daryl Thompson threw to catcher Devin Mesoraco and it deflected off his glove allowing Carrera to score and Kipnis going all the way to third. Kipnis then scored on Valbuena’s sacrifice fly and it was 2-1 Columbus.

The lead grew to 4-1  in the second inning for the Clippers as Tim Fedroff led off with a hit and the next hitter, Matt McBride, cracked his first homer with the Clippers.

Columbus knocked out Thompson in the fifth inning when Kipnis came into score on a two out RBI single by Luis Valbuena, making 5-1 in favor of Columbus.

Just like their parent club, the Cincinnati Reds, the Louisville Bats can swing the bats, and in the sixth inning, they tied the game. Dave Sappelt and Yonder Alonso walked to begin the inning. Devin Mesoraco hit an RBI double to left field that drove in Sappelt to make the score 5-2. Jeremy Hermida belted a three-run homer off the scoreboard in right-center field to tie the game at 5-5.

The Clippers received solid bullpen work from Zach Putnam and Chen-Chang Lee.


47 298 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers manager on win #56

47 303 Luis Valbuena Clippers ss




Bats beat Clippers again on 10th inning homer by Clevlen


Brett Clevlen (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

The Clippers dropped the second game of a five-game series with Louisville and have now been the losers of five of their last six games.

Brett Clevlen blasted two home runs, including a game-ending solo homer off Jensen Lewis in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Louisville Bats a 6-5 win over the Columbus Clippers Saturday night in Louisville.

The Clippers lead in the IL West has shrunked to just 3 games over Louisville.


Info courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets & Louisville Bats

Clippers bullpen falters in loss at Louisville, 10-4


Devin Mesoraco (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

Devin Mesoraco belted a three-run homer and a pair of RBI doubles as the Louisville Bats used a six-run sixth inning to beat IL West-leading Columbus 10-4 Friday night in Louisville.

Mesoraco went 3 for 3 with five RBI’s, hit his sixth homer of the season in the sixth.

Clippers starter David Huff was taken out of the game after five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

The Bats belted Clippers relief pitchers Carlton Smith (1-1) and Nick Hagadone around in the decisive sixth inning, with four hits, six runs and two walks to clinch the game.


Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers & Louisville Bats

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