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Clippers rally to beat Braves, 8-5


Lonnie Chisenhall (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers just keep rolling on and on as the winning streak reached nine games with an 8-5 Friday night win over the Gwinnett Braves in Georgia.

The Clippers were down 5-3 and had to rally to win.

The two-out magic took place for the Clippers in the eighth inning when with a runner on, Luis Valbuena delivered in a big way for the Clippers with a two-run homer that tied the game at 5 apiece.

In the top of the ninth, the Clippers were determined to get the lead for good. Lonnie Chisenhall walked to lead off the inning. Chad Huffman was hit by a pitch. After Travis Buck sacrificed, the bases were loaded when Jason Kipnis was walked intentionally to set up an inning ending double play. Jerad Head struck out for the second out. The next batter was Luke Carlin and he promptly deposited a three-run double between the outfielders for a three-run double and the Clippers led 8-5.

Josh Judy came on in the bottom of the ninth as he successfully got his 4th save of the season. Zach Putnam earned his second win of the season (2-0) while Stephen Marek was stuck with the loss (0-2)


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Mesoraco, Hermida fuel Louisville’s sweep of Columbus

Jeremy Hermida (file photo)

The Louisville Bats took acvantage of sloppy play by the Columbus Clippers in game one of their doubleheader 4-2 and rallied to win game two, 5-4 in extra innings, Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field.

The Clippers got their home run bats out in the second inning as they took Bats starter Tom Cochran (1-0) deep as Jordan Brown and Luis Valbuena each hit a solo blast to right field.

Cochran fell into a groove after the second inning and scattered two hits over the next three innings to win the game in his first start of the season. Jeremy Hermida went 3-for-3 and led the Bats with a homerun and two runs scored in the first game of the night.

Corey Kluber (0-1) took the loss for the Clippers in his first start of the season.

Devin Mesoraco (file photo)

In game two, Devin Mesoraco blasted the first pitch he saw from losing pitcher Josh Judy (1-1) in the eighth inning, 412 feet over the center field wall for the Bats third comeback win of the season and first of the walk-off variety as well.

Joe Krebs (1-0) was the winning pitcher after working two innings out of the bullpen.

Columbus had 11 hits in game two.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers & Louisville Bats

Clippers fall to Aeros in final exhibition game


Jason Kipnis Columbus Clippers (file photo)

Columbus, Ohio- In their final exhibition game, the Columbus Clippers fell to the Akron Aeros, the Indians’ Double-A farm team.  Or, perhaps they should be known as the akron aeros based on how they scored their runs.  The final score does not tell the story–when the margin reached 8-4 at the end of the 5th, the Aeros had hit only five balls out of the infield, and two of those came on a hit-and-run, another was a high chopper over third base.

The Clippers should welcome a normal game when the regular season starts April 7 in Indianapolis–this game went seven innings by design, the Clippers-Indians game was called due to snow in the third inning on March 30, and Monday’s exhibition game with the Aeros in Akron was rained out.  In the sixth inning, Akron’s Connor Graham entered the game and threw four pitches to Jordan Brown before needing medical attention.  The teams decided to call off the Clippers’ at bats for the sixth–as a result, Brown can claim some kind of record by leading off consecutive innings with no teammates batting in between.

Matt Packer Akron Aeros (file photo)

With a strong wind blowing from right to left, the Aeros cashed in by putting the ball in play instead of up in the air.  They scratched out a run in the first as Jordan Henry beat out a slow grounder to second, went to third on Juan Diaz’ seeing-eye single up the middle, and scored on Chun Chen’s smash to third, on which Luis Valbuena made a fine play to his right and threw out Diaz at second.

The Clippers’ second baseman Jason Kipnis is making the switch from the outfield this season, and was tested right out the box by Henry’s dribbler.  Last year, Kipnis hit .307 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 74 RBIs in 133 games between Class A Kinston and Double-A Akron.  He would show his power in the bottom of the first after Ezequiel Carrera led off with a single up the middle.  Cord Phelps ripped a double to the right field gap and Kipnis followed with a blast in the same direction but even farther, clearing the fence in right-center for a three-run homer.

The Aeros evened it up at 3-3 with more small-ball in the third as Karexon Sanchaz walked went to third on a hit-and-run single by Donnie Webb, and came home on an error.  Webb scored on a Corey Kluber wild pitch.

The Aeros added five more in the fifth with the help of two walks, an infield hit, a wild pitch, and the chopper over third base by Kyle Bellows that drove in two runs.

Aeros’ starter Matt Packer settled down after Kipnis’ home run to get the win, giving up four runs and only one walk in five innings.  He averaged almost a strikeout per inning last year, and struck out four Clippers batters.

Kluber pitched four innings and took the loss.

The Clippers’ home opener is Saturday, April 16 at 4:05 pm.

Pre-Season Clippers: Grady Sizemore Has a Promising Showing; Clippers edge OSU, 4-3

4/05/11 -Columbus, Ohio- Coming off a championship year, thus far the Clippers have shown potential for what may be another good run at the championship as they went on to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in a 7-inning exhibition game by a final count of 4-3. A game that started off slow eventually took off and included an out-of-the park shot by Luke Carlin 12 (who was playing for the Bucks). Fans enjoyed cheap $5 admission and brisk but bearable weather. The OSU left fielder David Corna was shaky at times, but the wind certainly played a factor in that. The game had one double-play (shown below) that got most of the fans on their feet. There is a lot to be excited about especially after the solid play from Carlin, Wes Hodges, and Luis Valbuena.  One thing that made the game especially interesting to one personal viewer (ME) was the play of #41 Grady Sizemore in blue..

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After starting the game with a ground out that went from second to first (base) CF Grady Sizemore went on to have a not great, but solid 7-innings. He was responsible for one run scored and stole a base and finished the night 2-4 at the plate.

Coming off of a knee injury, Sizemore demonstrated he is in the right track in terms of gaining back strength and getting the reps needed before he suits up for the Cleveland Indians.

“We need to get in the flow of the season”
“It was a good team effort”
-Manager Mike Sarbaugh

With one more exhibition game against Akron the team heads into regular season play with their first game Thursday at Indianapolis. The Clippers do not return to home until the 16th with a game against Toledo. They then could have great success but will be tested as they have 10-game home stretch followed by 5 away to round out the month of April.


Jeff Salomon; Intern; Photographer

Talbot knocked around in 16-16 tie with White Sox

Mitch Talbot (file photo)

The Chicago White Sox had their way with Cleveland Indians right-handed starter Mitch Talbot.

Talbot gave up nine runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings. He walked two and had one wild pitch while facing just 14 hitters in a 16-16 tie.

The game was called after nine innings.

Alex Rios and Luis Valbuena each hit home runs and drove in five runs in the slugfest involving split squad teams.

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

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