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Huffman, Clippers bomb rehabbing Cueto, 19-3

 

Chad Huffman (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers got on the back of Chad Huffman to a second straight win over IL West Division rival Louisville Bats by a dominating score of 19-3 on Thursday night. Hoffman became the first Columbus player since Matt LaPorta to homer three times in one game and set a franchise record with 10 RBI’s.

Johnny Cueto, on a rehab assignment from the Cincinnati Reds, struggled in his second rehab start, going 1.2 innings and allowing eight earned runs before leaving after 68 pitches. The Bats bullpen was terrible. David Johnson walked five and allowed seven runs in 2.1 innings. Matt Klinker and Micheal Griffin each allowed two runs. The only pitcher who threw the ball well was Daniel Ray Herrera who held the Clippers in check.

Johnny Cueto (file photo)

Travis Buck played his first game as a Clipper and had hits in each of his first four at-bats, finishing 4-6 with three RBI’s.

Zach McAllister won his third game of the season, throwing six innings and giving up one run. Jess Todd and Joe Martinez closed out the game to pull the Clippers into a first place tie with Louisville in the IL West Division.

 

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Willis pitches well but Clippers finally beat Louisville, 4-3

Dontrelle Willis throwing against the Clippers (megasportsnews.com photo)

The good news is the Columbus Clippers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat division-rival Louisville on Wednesday night at Huntington Park.

The other good news for Cincinnati Reds fans is that another arm is getting ready for a callup to the big club.

That arm belongs to left-hander Dontrelle Willis who had been dominating in going 2-0 with wins over Toledo and Indianapolis prior to his start against Columbus.

“D-Train” as he is called, did not dominate in this game because the Clippers made him pitch deep in the count and they foul off unhittable balls. Willis threw 102 pitches in 5-plus innings, allowing one run on a long homerun to Chad Huffman in the 6th inning and struck out four and two walks. He pitch a solid game in cool temperatures at Huntington Park.

The hero for Clippers fans was Jerad Head, who continues to swing a hot bat, as he drove home the game-winning run with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning giving Columbus a 4-3 win over the tough Louisville Bats.

Head went 3 for 5 in the game and earned his eighth RBI of the season scoring Chad Huffman with the bases loaded in the ninth.

The Bats tied the game in the top of the ninth on a Chris Valaika sacrifice fly drove home Michael Griffin. Josh Judy blew his second save of the season, but was the winning pitcher giving him his second win of 2011.

Luke Carlin had a nice game for Columbus. He homered in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2, then doubled home the go-ahead run in the eight to put the Clippers up 3-2 briefly.

Clippers starting pitcher Alex White went seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven batters.

LOUISVILLE BATS GAME NOTES:

* The Bats are 3-1 this year against Columbus. Louisville was 7-14 against Columbus in 2010, 2-9 at Huntington Park. The two teams battled to the final day of the 2010 regular season for the IL West Division title.

* The Bats started the season at 4-0 on the road but are now 4-1 and that breaks the old record set in 1984.

* The Cincinnati Reds on Monday, purchased the contract of Bats outfielder Jeremy Hermida (.333 avg, 2 hrs, 9 rbis) to replace the injured Juan Francisco. To make room for Hermida on the Reds 40-man roster, RHP Jared Burton was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. IF/OF Eric Eymann was promoted from Double-A Carolina to replace Hermida on the Bats roster.

* Louisville leads the International League with a 10-4 record.

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS GAME NOTES:

* The Clippers are 9-5 on the season, 1 game behind Louisville in the IL West Division

* From 2007-2009, Columbus was 18-40 against Louisville, but rebounded to go 14-7 in 2010. They outscored the Bats 91-90 in total runs scored in the series.

LOUISVILLE BATS MANAGER RICK SWEET TALKS ABOUT DONTRELLE WILLIS AND THE OTHER REDS PITCHERS REHABBING AT THE TRIPLE-A LEVEL.

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MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Louisville wins in Extra Innings; extends win streak to 11 and cuts Clippers lead to 5 1/2 games

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


COLUMBUS, OHIO — An opposite field single to left field by Louisville’s Chris Dickerson gave the Bats a 4-3 extra inning win Tuesday in the opener of a two-game series in Columbus.

Dickerson, who had led off the game with a home run, drove in Danny Dorn, who had singled to open the 12th inning. Corky Miller also reached base and Michael Griffin had a sacrifice bunt. Drew Sutton walked to load the bases and then Dickerson delivered the game winning hit to give the Bats their 11th straight win, longest of the season.

Aroldis Chapman throwing hard (WAXX-TV photo)

Zack Cozart drove in the second Bats run in the third inning to give them a 2-0 lead.

Columbus went ahead briefly at 3-2 in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run single by leftfielder Jerad Head. Louisville tied the score at 3-3 in the eighth and the bullpens battled each other until the fateful 12th inning.

Paolo Espino made his Triple-A debut for the Clippers, pitching seven innings giving up only 2 runs on six hits while striking out four. Mike Sarbaugh, Clippers manager, was impressed. “He had good stuff, good command and his off speed stuff was good. We had chances to score more runs but could not execute. We have to play more small ball to creake runs in games. We have no excuses.”

Cuban lefthander Aroldis Chapman earned his second save for the Bats in the 12th striking out one batter. He registered several pitches over 100 mph during the one inning stint.

With the win, Louisville closed to within 5 1/2 games of Columbus in the IL West.

GAME NOTES

* Bats first baseman Yonder Alonso was the IL Hitter of the Week for July 26th to August 1st. He hit .480, had 12 hits and .960 slugging percentage for the week. He is the fourth Bats player to win a weekly award in 2010.

* Scranton manager Dave Miley, who has managed Columbus and Louisville in his career, recently reached 1,500 wins his career.