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Record-setting crowd on Dime-a-Dog night sees Clippers outpower Pawtucket


In front of a record-setting crowd of 12,517 Monday night dime-a-dog promotion at Huntington Park, the Clippers swept Pawtucket, 11-7. The “Hometown Heroes” were led by Luis Valbuena who homered twice and Jordan Brown who added a blast and added another bases-loaded hit.

Luis Valbuena hits 2 homers (MiLB)

Columbus jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning, including two on a Jordan Brown single, which made him 11-for-14 on the season in bases-loaded situations.

The Pawtucket Red Sox were able to hang around all night long, thanks to four home runs of their own. A three-run blast from Gustavo Molina in the top of the sixth cut the Clippers lead down to 7-6, but that was as close as they would get.

Justin Germano earned the win for Columbus, pitching into the sixth inning. Vinnie Pestano struck out the side in the ninth to give Columbus its 64th win of the season.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Brown leads Clippers to 5-4 conquest of Pawtucket

Jordan Brown is a money hitter especially with the bases loaded.

He continues to deliver the goods and did so on Sunday night against Pawtucket, in the fifth inning with a bases-clearing double, leading Columbus to the 5-4 victory.

Jordan Brown (MiLB)

Brown’s three-run double highlighted a four-run inning, their sixteenth of the year, and allowed Columbus to move from one run down to three runs up after its completion. Brown, on the season with the bases loaded, is now 10-for-13 with 26 RBI’s.

Jose Constanza, Josh Rodriguez and Luis Valbuena all scored on Brown’s double. That trio combined to go 4-for-12 at the plate with an RBI and two walks.

Carlos Carrasco started for Columbus but only pitched four innings. He left the game early for the second straight start.

The bullpen of Shane Lindsay and Vinnie Pestano shut the door on the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Louisville Bats defeat Columbus Clippers, 4-2

info courtesy of Columbus Clippers

The Bats topped the Clippers, Saturday night at Slugger Field, 4-2. Louisville used timely hitting and good pitching to hold off Columbus. The IL West leaders left 13 men on base in the defeat.

Louisville got going quickly in the first inning when Juan Francisco drove home Zack Cozart on an RBI-single to center field off of Carlos Carrasco.

Wladimir Balentien had 2 RBI's for Bats (MiLB)

Columbus would comeback to tie the game up in the fourth inning as Nick Weglarz singled home Luis Valbuena. Valbuena reached base in all five plate appearances, as he recorded three hits and was also walked twice.

Todd Frazier scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Wladimir Balentien in the bottom half of the fourth inning to give the Bats a 2-1 advantage. Louisville would add another run in the fifth inning when Frazier singled home Cozart and Balentien concluded the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth.

Clippers DH/3B Wes Hodges hit his eighth homer of the season, a solo shot to straightaway center field in the sixth.

Clippers rally to win wild game over Indy, 10-9

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There were plenty of fireworks in Huntington Park on Friday night. Enough to have lit up an entire downtown sky.

The Indianapolis Indians and Columbus Clippers  showed plenty in an International League West Division battle between arch-rivals. The Clippers blasted four homers and came back from five down to win, 10-9.

The first five batters of the game all reached base for Indy against Columbus starter David Huff, and all of them scored in an inning that was highlighted by an Eric Kratz’s three-run homer. The Clippers came back to score in their half with two runs, but fell behind by five again in the second.

Vinnie Pestano Columbus (MiLB)

In the third, Columbus started to gain life, helped by two Indians errors. The second error allowed Josh Rodriguez and Luis Valbuena to score on a play where Rodriguez was caught in a rundown between home and third base and pitcher Charlie Morton threw the ball into left field.

The very next hitter, Jordan Brown, smacked a two-run shot to deep center, cutting the Columbus deficit to 7-6. Cord Phelps tied it with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the fourth inning.

It stayed tied at 7 into the bottom of the seventh inning, when Jared Goedert and Wes Hodges both hit solo shots. Goedert, who has been a homer machine for about 5 weeks now, hit his fourth in as many games and his 15th since being promoted from Double-A Akron. The Clippers lead did not last long as Jonathan Van Every hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth.

Columbus then broke the tie again, with Luis Valbuena’s two-out single in the eighth, which drove home Jose Constanza. Vinnie Pestano earned his first win with Columbus.

A wild, wild game indeed.

Toledo MudHens show homer power against Pino and Clippers; win 6-4

compiled from staff, wire and Columbus Clippers news

Wednesday night’s game came down to whether or not Clippers starter Yohan Pino would be able to keep the power bats of Jeff Frazier and Jeff Larish in the ballpark.

Pino was unsuccessful as Toledo rode three home runs to hold off the Clippers, 6-4. The win allowed the MudHens to go 2-3 in the two-city, five-game series.

Pino (7-5) has had location problems the past five starts and his ERA of 10.12 in those games reflect a difference in a pitcher who in the first 2 months was the best pitcher on the staff.

Jeff Frazier Toledo (MiLB)

Jeff larish Toledo (MiLB)

Toledo opened the scoring with two outs in the first inning as Jeff Frazier opened the long ball barrage with a three-run homer to the left-field bleachers.

The MudHens kept the power going in the third inning, with a two-out homer from Jeff Larish hit the ball onto the roof of the Wendy’s Home Run balcony in right-field to up the lead to 5-0.

Scott Sizemore hit the third homer off Pino in the fifth inning to make it 6-1.

The Clippers cracked a couple of homers of their own. In the sixth inning, Luis Valbuena hit a two-run blast to right-field. Then, third baseman Jared Goedert blasted a pitch past the bleachers in left field for his 13th homer in 29 Triple-A games since being promoted from Double-A Akron.

Another Clipper who has seen improvement in his game has been Luis Valbuena. Since his demotion from Cleveland on June 26, he is batting .302 with three home runs and 10 RBIS and has shown power that he didn’t show with the Indians.

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