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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

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




Minor league baseball: Clippers end losing streak; Dragons win third in a row


When a team is in a losing streak, you take a win anyway you can get it. For the Clippers on Monday night, that meant a walk-off win in which the baseball never left the infield in the ninth inning. Matt McBride’s infield single to shortstop earned Columbus a .500 record for their 10-game homestand, as they beat arch-rival Toledo.

Matt McBride (MilLB)

Clippers' pitcher David Huff (file)

Just like Carlos Carrasco on Sunday, David Huff coasted into the sixth inning. And just like Carrasco, Huff found himself in trouble in a hurry, giving up hits to the first three batters of the inning. Scott Sizemore’s single scored Justin Henry, and then Cale Iorg scored on a double-play grounder, which tied the score at two.

Josh Judy (3-0) earned the win in relief for Columbus. The victory allowed the Clippers to keep pace with the Louisville Bats, who got a come-from-behind win over Indianapolis, and maintain a half-game lead in the International League’s West Division.

Dayton starting pitcher Clayton Shunick and three relievers combined to scatter seven hits while allowing  just one run as the Dragons won their third straight, defeating the Lake County Captains 3-1. The Dragons will go for a sweep of the the four-game series on Tuesday night. The game was played in two hours, two minutes, making it the shortest nine inning game of the season for the Dragons. A crowd of 8,219 saw the Dragons victory.

Clayton Shunick (MiLB)

Doug Salinas (MiLB)

Shunick, who is now 2-1 on the season, pitched the first two innings, allowing five hits and one run with no walks and two strikeouts as he won his second straight start. Doug Salinas worked a scoreless ninth for his seventh start.


* Dayton pitchers have posted a 2.60 ERA over the last six games.

* The Dragons have won three straight home games for the first time since May 10-12.

* The Dragons have held the lead in 10 of their last 11 games.

* Dayton has committed just two errors in the three-game series after committing 16 errors on their previous si-game road trip.

* Doug Salinas has earned a save in five of the past seven Dragons wins.

Clippers move 1 1/2 games ahead of Louisville with 1-0 win

The Columbus Clippers are slowly building a lead again in the IL West race over the hard-charging Louisville Bats.

Behind Paolo Espino’s pitching Saturday night, Columbus shut down the powerful Bats, 1-0 before 9,412 fans at Huntington Park. the game was quick, 2 hours, 12 minutes.

Espino was called up from Double-A Akron on August 3 to fill out the Clippers pitching rotation that had been depleted by so many callups by the Cleveland Indians. Espino, now 1-0 pitched seven shutout innings in his third Triple-A start. Paolo was pitching all night to his cousin, Damaso Espino, the Clippers catcher. The two had worked together this season in Akron.

Paolo Espino Clippers pitcher (MiLB)

Damaso Espino Clippers catcher (MiLB)

Columbus scored the only run of the game in the fourth against losing pitcher Matt Maloney (10-6) when former Bat Drew Sutton led off with a double. Wes Hodges sacrificed him to third and Matt McBride followed with a sacrifice fly.

The lead stood up as the bullpen followed Paolo Espino to the mound. Bryce Stowell retired the side in order in the eighth and Vinnie Pestano did the same in the ninth for his 11th save.

Rodriguez and Huff lead Clippers to 66th win of season, 11-8


Josh Rodriguez homered twice, and Columbus hit five as a team but had to hold off the Buffalo Bisons, 11-8 in a slugest at Huntington Park on Thursday night. The Clippers scored in seven of their eight innings at the plate.

Columbus belted four solo homers in the first three innings, including back-to-back shots in the first inning from Michael Brantley and Josh Rodriguez. Lou Marson went deep in the second and Matt McBride hit one in the third, in his Triple-a debut.

Josh Rodriguez hit two HR's (MiLB)

Buffalo, however clawed back into the game, scoring twice in the third inning and getting two solo homers in the fifth to tie the game at four.

The tie was short lived, as the Clippers broke the game open with a three-run fifth. Jordan Brown drove in one run with a single and McBride plated two more with a double down the third-base line. Rodriguez’ second homer, a two-run blast in the sixth, gave Columbus a 9-4 lead.

All told, eight homers were hit on the night. Columbus starter David Huff, who allowed three of them, worked seven innings to improve to 6-0 as a Clipper. He struck out six, while allowing nine hits. Josh Judy worked the ninth for his first save.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers