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Clippers 8th inning rally stuns Mud Hens, 6-3


Jerad Head (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers avoided a four-game losing streak with a late rally, beating arch-rival Toledo, 6-3.

Jerad Head’s three-run homer capped the Thursday night comeback at Huntington Park.

The Clippers have dominated the Mud Hens in 2011, winning 12 of 15 games.

The eighth inning was the magic frame for the Clippers. Ezequiel Carrera led off the inning with a bunt single. Jason Donald followed with a walk. Jason Kipnis put Columbus on the board with an RBI single to make it 3-1. The next hitter was Chad Huffman and he was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Luis Valbuena hit a chopper to first base and Toledo’s only play was a force out at second and a run scored to make it 3-2.

Toledo changed pitchers and Jerad Head came to the plate and blasted a long three-run homer to left field and the Clippers lead 5-3. The lead grew to 6-3 when Matt McBride knocked home Tim Fedroff with an RBI single.

Columbus closer Josh Judy closed the game with his 13th save.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Bats beat Clippers in 13 innings on Independence Day


(courtesy of Louisville Bats via wikipedia commons)

The Louisville Bats beat the Columbus Clippers 5-4 in 13 innings in an entertaining Independence Day game in Louisville.

In the bottom of the 13th, Yonder Alonso struck out, Devin Mesoraco hit a triple down the right field line. Jeremy Hermida was walked intentionally. Todd Frazier hit a ground ball to Luis Valbuena at shortstop, who threw the ball to home plate to cut down Mesoraco, but the throw was too late and the Bats walked off with the win.


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Clippers rally late to beat Bats, 4-2; lead in division to 12.5 games

Tim Fedroff makes diving catch early in game (photo credit Steve Laake)Clippers pitcher Jeanmar Gomez (photo by Steve Laake)

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Clippers could not get to Louisville starting pitcher Scott Carroll on Sunday evening.

Carroll pitched seven innings allowing one run.

Jeanmar Gomez, who upped his record to 9-2 on the season, matched Carroll pitch for pitch in the game, eventhough he trailed for a majority of the contest. Gomez went eight innings, allowing two runs and striking out four. The only runs allowed by Gomez were on a two-run homer by Dave Sappelt to right field which was wind-blown and hit off of the home-run line on top of the fence in the top of the third.

The Clippers scored first in the second inning, when catcher Paul Phillips surprised everybody in the ballpark with a bunt single to third base to score Tim Fedroff from third.

Columbus won the game against the Bats bullpen, in particular Jerry Gil in the eighth inning, who was nursing a 2-1 lead.

Jason Donald led off with a single, Luis Valbuena walked. Gil made a throwing error on Chad Huffman’s sacrifice bunt which allowed Donald to score to tie the game at 2-2. Jerad Head was hit by a pitch and Tim Fedroff singled home Valbuena and Huffman to give the Clippers a 4-2 lead.

Nursing a very thin bullpen, the Clippers turned to Justin Germano, who closed out the game by striking out the side in the ninth inning to record his third save of the year.

The win pushed Columbus’ lead in the IL West to 12.5 games over 2nd place Louisville.


47 308 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers mgr on 4-2 win over Louisville

Clippers pitcher Jeanmar Gomez (photo by Steve Laake)



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




“Slugger” Valbuena leads Clippers to win; homers twice, drives in seven


Luis Valbuena (file photo)

When you see Columbus Clippers infielder Luis Valbuena, he is not a home run hitter by any stretch of the imagination. He is a small, speedy contact hitter. But he gets himself into trouble at the plate by trying to hit homers and being impatient at the plate.

So on Monday night in Buffalo, it was odd to see him turn into a “slugger”.

Valbuena hit two home runs and had seven RBI’s in leading the Clippers to their seventh consecutive victory of 8-2 over the Buffalo Bisons. The homers extended the Clippers’ home run streak to a season-high eight games.

Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh. He also walked with the bases loaded in the first inning, the fourth walk by Bisons starting pitcher Dylan Owen (2-3).

The winning pitcher was David Huff (5-2), who in seven innings allowed four hits and struck out 10 and no walks, in winning his second straight start.

Chad Huffman extended his hitting streak to seven games with an eighth-inning double.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

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