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Posts Tagged ‘International League West.’

Columbus sputtering into playoffs; lose again; can win IL West Labor Day

 

The Columbus Clippers earlier this past week, had a five-game winning streak to clinch a postseason spot. But the past few days, the team has sputtered towards the regular-season finish line.

The Toledo Mud Hens made it three-in-a-row over Columbus with a 9-1 blowout win Sunday at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

The Mud Hens hit for the cycle as a team in the first inning, with a five-hit, five-run frame highlighted by a lead-off home run from Scott Sizemore and a three-run double from Andy Bouchie.

Thad Weber Toledo (MiLB)

Columbus starter Paolo Espino (3-3) struggled to get through four innings.

Offensively, Columbus was held in check by Toledo starter Thad Weber (2-1), who didn’t allow a run until Wes Hodges led off the seventh with his 15th homer of the season.

The Clippers held on to the division lead in the International League West, as Louisville lost to Indianapolis for the second straight night. A Columbus win, or a Louisville loss will clinch the division for the Clippers on Labor Day Monday.

The regular-season finale is at 1 p.m. on Labor Day, with Columbus right-hander Corey Kluber (1-0, 1.50 ERA) going up against Toledo southpaw Ryan Ketchner (5-4, 3.87 ERA.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers offense wakes up and pounds Indianapolis, 10-5

The Columbus Clippers had a closed-door meeting before Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Indians at Huntington Park. After all the team was coming off a shutout loss and they have been playing inconsistently for the past three weeks. Not to mention there is a division title and or wildcard within their grasp.

That meeting with manager Mike Sarbaugh and the coaches proved to be very effective, because Columbus got their offense rolling and hammered Indy, 10-5.

Zack McAllister Clippers (MiLB)

The score was 3-3 going into the fifth when the Clippers to the lead back.

Luke Carlin’s bouncing ball up the middle got past Indians shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and scored both Jordan Brown and Jared Goedert. That 5-3 lead was cut in half in the top of the sixth by Indy, but the offense blew the game open with a five-run seventh, which included Goedert’s 19th home run and RBI’s from Jose Constanza and Josh Rodriguez, along with a two-run triple from Ezequiel Carrera.

The winning pitcher was newcomer Zack McAllister, he’s now 9-11. The loser was Mike Crotta, who falls to 5-9.

The win kept the Clippers in pace with the Louisville Bats, who won earlier Sunday and still holds a 1.5 game advantage in the International League West, with eight games remaining for both teams. A loss by the Buffalo Bisons in Scranton helped Columbus to a 2.5 game lead in the wild card race.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers win at Louisville; cuts lead down to 1/2 game

Jose Constanza of the Columbus Clippers got the team going Thursday night with an RBI triple which led them to a 5-2 win over the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Field.

Constanza also led off the game in the first inning with a triple off of Matt Maloney and scored on a squeeze bunt by Ezequiel Carrera.

Jose Constanza ignited Clippers (MiLB)

The win moved the Clippers to within a half-game of the first-place Bats in the International League West with 11 games to play in the regular season.

Columbus starting pitcher Paolo Espino (2-2) rebounded from his previous start which turned into a debacle when Toledo roughed him up for eight runs in just four innings.

Espino allowed two second-inning runs in seven innings pitched.

Vinnie Pestano escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth to earn his 12th save.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Columbus beats Aaron Harang; sweep series from Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats had ideas of beating Columbus on Sunday with the Reds veteran starter Aaron Harang on a rehab assignment to try and halt a two-game losing skid.

But Aaron Harang could not stop Columbus’ momentum as the Clippers swept the Bats, 7-3.

Columbus improved to 13-6 against Louisville this year, and pushed their International League West lead to 2 1/2 games while gaining their 71st victory.

Yohan Pino Clippers (MiLB)

The Clippers scored in the first inning when Jared Goedert’s sacrifice fly plated Jose Constanza. Then “The Hometown Heroes” added four in the second, getting a single from Ezequiel Carrera which plated two runs and a two-run double from Cord Phelps.

Harang settled down after that, retiring the next nine in order. However, Yohan Pino (9-7) was very effective for Columbus, allowing nine hits and striking out five in six scoreless innings.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers are 0-2 on current homestand; losing Sunday & Monday

Courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Armando Galarraga (MiLB)

Sunday afternoon, the Clippers and Mud Hens resumed their five-game series at Huntington Park, with a change of scenery helping Toledo to the tune of a 3-2 win.

Jeff Larish’s two-run blast in the third inning proved to be the difference for Toledo. Columbus, including starter Hector Rondon (0-2), didn’t allow a hit after that, but their offense was held in check.

Jay Storz picked up his seventh save of the season in as many tries for Toledo, pitching around a base hit and stolen base hit and stolen base by Jose Constanza in the process.

Mike Rabelo (MiLB)

Monday night, Toledo walked away from Huntington Park with a 10-1 win Monday night, as nine walks aided the Mud Hens, who took three of five from Columbus in a two-city, weekend wrap-around series.

Mike Rabelo’s three-run shot to near-dead center gave the Mud Hens the lead in the fourth inning. The Clippers got one back in the bottom half of the inning, due to a dropped fly ball by Toledo’s Clete Thomas in centerfield.

Starter Enrique Gonzales (1-2) worked six innings for Toledo, scattering six hits without allowing an earned run. In contrast to the Clippers pitchers, Toledo arms didn’t walk a batter all night.

At 11-8, Columbus and Toledo are now tied for the International League’s West Division.

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