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Clippers win Governors’ Cup as IL champions again; tops Lehigh Valley 3 games to 1


(courtesy of the International League)

The Columbus Clippers have proven for the second year in a row that they are the kingpins in the International League.

The team was the 2010 IL champions and the National champions of Minor League Baseball.

In 2011, the Clippers beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 4-1 in the deciding game in Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania to wrap up its second straight Governors’ Cup title, 3 games to 1 and a return trip to the Triple-A national championship game to play the Pacific Coast League winner in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday.

The architect of this domination is the parent Cleveland Indians, but the man steering the ship is manager Mike Sarbaugh, who also was a good manager while running the Double-A Akron Aeros.

The Clippers won an IL-best 88 games in the regular season despite overcoming 183 player moves involving them, Cleveland and Akron. They won the IL West Division by 12 gaves over the Indianapolis Indians. They beat Durham and Lehigh Valley, two quality teams in the IL playoffs. It goes to show everybody that the Indians farm system is loaded with talent.

Winning the decisive game, was pitcher Paolo Espino, who pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and one run, a homer by Brandon Moss, and struck out five. His pitching followed the strong starts of fellow hurlers Mitch Talbot and Joe Martinez in games 2 and 3 respectively.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Columbus Clippers news

IL FINALS, GAME 4: Columbus dominates Durham, 13-2; 2010 Governor’s Cup Champions!

The Columbus Clippers closed out an exciting, up-and-down 2010 season by winning their first IL Governor’s Cup championship since 1996.

The Clippers were slumping coming into the playoffs as the wild-card team and beat the North Division champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the semifinals and the defending league and South Division champion Durham Bulls in the championship finals.

Paolo Espino wins deciding game (MiLB)

The Clippers beat the Bulls in Durham, North Carolina, 13-2 in the fourth and deciding game of the best-of-five International League finals.

The win allows Columbus to play against the Pacific Coast League champions for the Triple-A championship game Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

Paolo Espino pitched six innings to earn the series-clinching win for the second time in the postseason run. He was supported by 13 runs and 20 hits.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers win games 3 & 4 to move into Governors’ Cup Finals


Yohan Pino gave up a lead-off single Friday night and then walked the next batter he faced. That would be all of the offense that Scranton could muster for the game.

Pino teammed with Zach Putnam and Vinnie Pestano on a one-hitter and the Clippers regained the series lead with 1-0 win in Moosic, Pennsylvania.

Yohan Pino (MiLB)

The game was scoreless into the seventh, when Columbus had not one, but two men thrown out at the plate on consecutive singles. In the eighth, they finally broke through. Luke Carlin doubled with one out, and with two down in the inning, he came all the way around to score on Jose Constanza’s infield single.

The Clippers went up 2-1 in the series.


The Columbus Clippers have advanced to the Governors’ Cup final for the first time since 1997, with a series-clinching 11-5 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Saturday afternoon. Columbus last won the International League title in 1996.

Trailing 1-0, Columbus scored three runs in the third inning, highlighted by a Drew Sutton two-out, two-run single.

Drew Sutton (MiLB)

Then the Clippers scored seven times in the fourth inning. The Clippers knocked out Yankees starter Hector Noesi. He allowed nine runs, all earned, while getting just 10 outs.

Clippers pitcher Paolo Espino pitched great, allowing just two early runs, scattering five hits while striking out six.

Columbus is off until Tuesday, when they’ll host the winner of the Louisville/Durham series. The Bats were up 2-1 in the series, but Durham won 8-1 Saturday night and Game 5 on Sunday will decide the series.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Columbus sputtering into playoffs; lose again; can win IL West Labor Day


The Columbus Clippers earlier this past week, had a five-game winning streak to clinch a postseason spot. But the past few days, the team has sputtered towards the regular-season finish line.

The Toledo Mud Hens made it three-in-a-row over Columbus with a 9-1 blowout win Sunday at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

The Mud Hens hit for the cycle as a team in the first inning, with a five-hit, five-run frame highlighted by a lead-off home run from Scott Sizemore and a three-run double from Andy Bouchie.

Thad Weber Toledo (MiLB)

Columbus starter Paolo Espino (3-3) struggled to get through four innings.

Offensively, Columbus was held in check by Toledo starter Thad Weber (2-1), who didn’t allow a run until Wes Hodges led off the seventh with his 15th homer of the season.

The Clippers held on to the division lead in the International League West, as Louisville lost to Indianapolis for the second straight night. A Columbus win, or a Louisville loss will clinch the division for the Clippers on Labor Day Monday.

The regular-season finale is at 1 p.m. on Labor Day, with Columbus right-hander Corey Kluber (1-0, 1.50 ERA) going up against Toledo southpaw Ryan Ketchner (5-4, 3.87 ERA.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Clippers beat Indianapolis again, 5-2; take over first place in IL West

The past few weeks, the talk has been Columbus at least holding Buffalo for the wild card spot, while keeping pace with the Louisville Bats for the IL West division crown. Now, the chore is holding off Louisville for a division title.

The Clippers received a good start from Paolo Espino and timely hitting from Jared Goedert and Cord Phelps in winning their third straight against the Indianapolis Indians, 5-2.

Coupled with Louisville’s loss to Toledo, the Clippers regained the IL West Division lead by a 1/2 game.

Cord Phelps Columbus (MiLB)

Jared Goedert Clippers (MiLB)

Espino struck out seven in seven innings. Two of the three hits he gave up came in Indy’s two-run third. Espino set down the final 12 batters he faced in order. Jess Todd and Vinnie Pestano shut the door in the final innings, with Pestano earning his 14th save.

The parent Cleveland Indians did call-up Clippers ace Carlos Carrasco, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday as all Major League rosters are set to expand.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

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