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Posts Tagged ‘IL West Division.’

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

Louisville takes care of Clippers again, 4-2

 

The Columbus Clippers may lead the IL West Division by 10.5 games over Louisville, but the Bats are winning the season series.

On Tuesday night in Kentucky, the Clippers were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base, in losing for the second night in a row, 4-2.

Chad Reineke (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

Scott Barnes started the game for Columbus and went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs and striking out three and falls to 7-3 on the year.

Chad Reineke was the Bats starter and pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five to pick up the win and goes to 7-5 overall. Jerry Gil picked up his fifth save of the year by closing out the game.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers sweep four games from Durham, 5-3

 

Jason Kipnis stars for Columbus (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers ended their homestand with a 10:35 a.m. start against the Durham Bulls.

Usually these early morning starts of 10:35, 11:35 produce error-filled, all-offense for both teams.

But Tuesday game was played to the best by both teams.

Clippers second baseman Jason Kipnis had a two-run homer and a double in a 5-3 win over Durham to complete the four-game series sweep.

The Clippers are in first place in the IL West Division with a league-best record of 32-14.

The Clippers pitchers were on their game as Scott Barnes (3-1), Marty Popham and Nick Hagadone (1st save) all shutdown the IL South Division leaders.

 

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Huffman, Clippers bomb rehabbing Cueto, 19-3

 

Chad Huffman (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers got on the back of Chad Huffman to a second straight win over IL West Division rival Louisville Bats by a dominating score of 19-3 on Thursday night. Hoffman became the first Columbus player since Matt LaPorta to homer three times in one game and set a franchise record with 10 RBI’s.

Johnny Cueto, on a rehab assignment from the Cincinnati Reds, struggled in his second rehab start, going 1.2 innings and allowing eight earned runs before leaving after 68 pitches. The Bats bullpen was terrible. David Johnson walked five and allowed seven runs in 2.1 innings. Matt Klinker and Micheal Griffin each allowed two runs. The only pitcher who threw the ball well was Daniel Ray Herrera who held the Clippers in check.

Johnny Cueto (file photo)

Travis Buck played his first game as a Clipper and had hits in each of his first four at-bats, finishing 4-6 with three RBI’s.

Zach McAllister won his third game of the season, throwing six innings and giving up one run. Jess Todd and Joe Martinez closed out the game to pull the Clippers into a first place tie with Louisville in the IL West Division.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Willis pitches well but Clippers finally beat Louisville, 4-3

Dontrelle Willis throwing against the Clippers (megasportsnews.com photo)

The good news is the Columbus Clippers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat division-rival Louisville on Wednesday night at Huntington Park.

The other good news for Cincinnati Reds fans is that another arm is getting ready for a callup to the big club.

That arm belongs to left-hander Dontrelle Willis who had been dominating in going 2-0 with wins over Toledo and Indianapolis prior to his start against Columbus.

“D-Train” as he is called, did not dominate in this game because the Clippers made him pitch deep in the count and they foul off unhittable balls. Willis threw 102 pitches in 5-plus innings, allowing one run on a long homerun to Chad Huffman in the 6th inning and struck out four and two walks. He pitch a solid game in cool temperatures at Huntington Park.

The hero for Clippers fans was Jerad Head, who continues to swing a hot bat, as he drove home the game-winning run with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning giving Columbus a 4-3 win over the tough Louisville Bats.

Head went 3 for 5 in the game and earned his eighth RBI of the season scoring Chad Huffman with the bases loaded in the ninth.

The Bats tied the game in the top of the ninth on a Chris Valaika sacrifice fly drove home Michael Griffin. Josh Judy blew his second save of the season, but was the winning pitcher giving him his second win of 2011.

Luke Carlin had a nice game for Columbus. He homered in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2, then doubled home the go-ahead run in the eight to put the Clippers up 3-2 briefly.

Clippers starting pitcher Alex White went seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven batters.

LOUISVILLE BATS GAME NOTES:

* The Bats are 3-1 this year against Columbus. Louisville was 7-14 against Columbus in 2010, 2-9 at Huntington Park. The two teams battled to the final day of the 2010 regular season for the IL West Division title.

* The Bats started the season at 4-0 on the road but are now 4-1 and that breaks the old record set in 1984.

* The Cincinnati Reds on Monday, purchased the contract of Bats outfielder Jeremy Hermida (.333 avg, 2 hrs, 9 rbis) to replace the injured Juan Francisco. To make room for Hermida on the Reds 40-man roster, RHP Jared Burton was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. IF/OF Eric Eymann was promoted from Double-A Carolina to replace Hermida on the Bats roster.

* Louisville leads the International League with a 10-4 record.

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS GAME NOTES:

* The Clippers are 9-5 on the season, 1 game behind Louisville in the IL West Division

* From 2007-2009, Columbus was 18-40 against Louisville, but rebounded to go 14-7 in 2010. They outscored the Bats 91-90 in total runs scored in the series.

LOUISVILLE BATS MANAGER RICK SWEET TALKS ABOUT DONTRELLE WILLIS AND THE OTHER REDS PITCHERS REHABBING AT THE TRIPLE-A LEVEL.

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