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Posts Tagged ‘Jose Constanza.’

Gwinnett’s Constanza selected IL Batter of the Week

 

Jose Constanza (file photo)

The International League has selected Gwinnett Braves outfielder Jose Constanza as its batter of the week for the period of June 6-12.

Constanza’s award is the League-leading fifth for the Gwinnett club this season.

Constanza was red-hot all week, collecting multiple hits in five of his seven games to lead the League with a scorching .613 average. His 19 hits, five stolen bases, and .647 on-base percentage also led the IL. Eventhough he only had two extra-base hits, he finished 3rd in the IL with a .774 slugging percentage.

The speedy outfielder singled twice on Monday, had four hits on Tuesday including a triple and his first home run of the season. He had three hits on Wednesday and alternated one-hit and four-hit games Thursday through Sunday.

Constanza now finds himself threatening the League-lead in several offensive categories. He is currently 2nd in average (.356), 3rd in stolen bases (17), and 5th in hits (72) and on-base percentage (.398).

Constanza, who is 27, is in his second season at the Triple-A level. In 2010 with the IL and Triple-A champion Columbus Clippers in the Cleveland organization, Jose was an IL midseason and postseason All-Star. He signed with Atlanta during the offseason as a free agent.

Constanza is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

 

Info courtesy of the International League & the Gwinnett Braves

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

COLUMBUS AT SCRANTON, FRIDAY GAME 3

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.

COLUMBUS AT SCRANTON, SATURDAY GAME 4

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


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

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