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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

Toledo beats Clippers; Louisville leads IL West by 1 1/2 games

It’s late in the 2010 Minor League Baseball season and every loss is monumental especially when you are trailing the division leaders. Columbus lost Tuesday night and Louisville won, so the Clippers are a game and a half behind in the IL West.

A big second inning and solid pitching boosted the Toledo Mud Hens to a 7-3 home win over Columbus.

The Clippers got on the board first when Jared Goedert reached on an error in the second inning and then scored on a Wes Hodges double.

But Toledo scored five in the bottom of that same inning against the newest Clipper, Zach McAllister (8-11). The highlight of the inning was a two-run homer by Cale Iorg, his first of the season.

Andy Oliver Toledo (MiLB)

After that debacle, McAllister settled down, pitching four perfect innings.

However, Toledo’s Andy Oliver (2-3) was equally effective, striking out 10 Clippers while throwing six-and-two-thirds innings on the night.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

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.

Clippers end road trip with a split of four-game series with Durham

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

The Durham Bulls got two-run hits in both the sixth and seventh innings Thursday night, erasing a 2-0 deficit and winning a 4-2 verdict over the Columbus Clippers to earn a split of their four-game series.

Columbus received solo home runs from Nick Weglarz in the second inning and Wes Hodges in the fourth, but only generated three other hits against Durham starting pitcher Heath Phillips (8-6). R.J. Swindle pitched the final inning-and-a-third to earn the save.

Josh Tomlin struck out 10 Bulls (MiLB)

The Clippers got a six inning, 10 strikeout performance from All-Star Josh Tomlin, who gave up two runs on five hits. Shane Lindsay made his debut for Columbus, picking up the loss in two innings of work.

Columbus returns home Friday for a doubleheader of sorts. They’ll finish a suspended game with Pawtucket from June before a regularly scheduled game. The suspended game will resume at 5:35 p.m. in the top of the sixth inning, with the Clippers holding a one-run lead.


MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Clippers and Dragons (Wednesday results)

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS

Wes Hodges’ two-run double off the top of Durham Bulls Athletic Park’s famed Blue Monster helped the Clippers to an 8-6 victory in 12 innings Wednesday night.

Columbus had blown a five-run lead before Hodges came up with his first hit in 14 at-bats in the series.

Wes Hodges (MiLB)

Justin Germano allowed just two runs in five innings in his second straight spot-start for columbus.

Vinnie Pestano threw two scoreless innings and Josh Judy (2-0) followed suit, picking up the win despite pitching multiple innings on consecutive nights.

DAYTON DRAGONS

Jean Segura collected four hits to lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to an 8-2 victory over the Dayton Dragons in the first game of a three-game series. The Kernels pounded out 17 hits in the game including 14 in the first six innings. All nine players in the Cedar Rapids batting order had at least one hit.

Cedar Rapids scored two runs in the first inning, two more in the second, and one in the third against Dragons starting pitcher Ricky Bowen (2-4) to take an early lead of 5-0.

Jean Segura Cedar Rapids (MiLB)

Kernels winning pitcher was Ariel Pena, he’s 4-2.

The crowd at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field finished with six hits. Cameron Satterwhite and Henry Rodriguez each banged out two hits.

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