COLUMBUS - An unusual night of baseball at Huntington Park in Columbus Wednesday resulted in the Clippers and Gwinnett Braves splitting two games.
Columbus (14-12) beat the Braves, 3-2, in a seven-inning contest after the two clubs finished a game that was postponed due to rain on Tuesday. Gwinnett won the early game, which started in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday, 7-4.
It is time to once again go "Sailing with the Clippers" as Columbus beat reporter Andrew Holleran gets you all up to speed on the week that was for the Clippers. There were some hot performances by Matt LaPorta, Russ Canzler, and even Cody Allen, and also some not so hot performance from Trevor Crowe and others.
Solid pitching and late-inning hitting propelled the Columbus Clippers to their third win in a row Sunday afternoon. The Clippers (13-10), rallied from a 2-0 deficit through five innings to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (15-9), 3-2, in front of 7,463 fans at Huntington Park. Errors by the Columbus defense gave Pawtucket an early lead, but a mistake by the Red Sox defense in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Clippers the game-winning run.
COLUMBUS—In a game that pitted one of the International League’s best offenses against one of Triple-A’s top pitchers, the former prevailed. Barely.The Columbus Clippers (12-10) rallied to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (15-8), 6-4, on Saturday in front of 6,191 fans on a chilly night at Huntington Park.
Tuesday night’s contest between the Columbus Clippers and Toledo Mud Hens might as well have been a home-run derby, and the Clippers didn’t have enough power to compete. The Mud Hens (13-6), remained atop the West Division of the International League, beating the Clippers (10-9), 12-8, in front of 5,703 fans at Huntington Park in Columbus. The two teams combined for seven homers—five of which were by Toledo, and three from Mud Hens’ first baseman Brad Eldred—in an offensive showcase that also produced 28 hits.
The Columbus Clippers lost their second series of the season Monday night, falling to the Toledo Mud Hens in the rubber match of the three-game series. The Clippers (10-8), lost to the Mud Hens, 5-3, in front of 3,871 fans at Fifth Third Park in Toledo. Toledo got out to a 5-0 lead after six innings, and despite a three-run top of the seventh inning by Columbus, were able to hold on for victory, shutting the Clippers’ offense down in the game’s final two innings.
A day after the Columbus Clippers had a great showing at the plate, the Toledo Mud Hens returned the favor. The Clippers (10-7), fell to the Mud Hens, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon in Toledo, after winning the first game of the series, 12-6, on Saturday night. Toledo held a 6-0 lead after four innings, and staved off any rallies by Columbus in the game’s final innings, on way to victory.
An offensive outburst propelled the Columbus Clippers past the Toledo Mud Hens Saturday night. The Clippers (10-6) used a six-run fourth inning to beat the Mud Hens, 12-6, in the first game of the series in Toledo after Friday night’s game against the Indianapolis Indians was rained out. Columbus had 19 hits in the game, including seven extra-base hits. The Clippers scored eight runs off Mud Hens’ starter Ramon Garcia (1-1), who only lasted four innings, while giving up 10 hits.
Behind a strong outing by right-hander Chris Seddon, the Columbus Clippers got back in the win column Thursday afternoon. The starter threw six scoreless innings, leading the Clippers to a 4-0 victory over the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Columbus and Indianapolis split the first two games of the series, 5-1 and 3-4, respectively. Seddon (2-0) struck out five batters and walked none in his six innings of work.
The Columbus Clippers have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Clippers (7-5) fell to the Louisvile Bats by a score of 7-4 on Monday night, losing for the third time in four games. Louisville used a four-run sixth inning to put distance between themselves and Columbus after the Clippers had scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Bats’ lead to 3-2. Right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-2) was on the mound for Columbus, and took the loss, going 5.1 innings while letting in six earned runs.
The Columbus Clippers (7-4) lost to the Bats (4-7) by a score of 5-3 on Sunday at Louisville Slugger Field. After falling to the Bats in the third game of the series, the Clippers will now go two-straight series' without taking a majority of the wins. Louisville scored five runs off Clippers’ ace Zach McAllister (0-1) and were able to hold on late for a win. For McAllister, it was his first bad start of the year. In his first two outings of the season, both no decisions, he gave up three runs and went scoreless for six frames, respectively. On Sunday he went six innings while striking out five batters.
After making his major league debut last season, Columbus Clippers’ right-handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister is ready to get back to the big leagues, and stay there when he does. After two strong outings for Columbus to start the season he is off to a good start to his season, and Andrew Holleran recently sat down with him to discuss how things are going.
It was a cold night in Columbus Tuesday, with temperatures dropping into the high-30s, but on the diamond, the Columbus Clippers managed to stay hot. The Clippers (5-1), won their fifth game in a row—second straight on a walk-off hit—beating the Indianapolis Indians (2-3), 5-4, in front of 4,245 fans at Huntington Park. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Clippers’ first baseman Russ Canzler hit a line-drive single to left field, bringing home pinch runner Chad Huffman to give Columbus the win.
Another game, another late-inning rally for the Columbus Clippers. With two outs and the Clippers trailing, 3-2, to the Indianapolis Indians in the bottom of the ninth inning, shortstop Gregorio Petit came to bat with runners on first and third. Petit drove what he said to be a slider from Indians’ reliever Tim Wood to deep left field, scoring both runners, and giving the Clippers (4-1) a dramatic 4-3 walk-off win in front of 7,507 fans at dime-a-dog night at Huntington Park in Columbus on Monday.
The first series of the 2012 season was a victorious one for the Columbus Clippers. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday, Louisville Bats reliever, right-hander Nick Christiani, walked Clippers’ right fielder Trevor Crowe to give Columbus a 5-4 lead. The RBI walk by Crowe proved to be a game-winning one, and with a 7-4 win, Columbus (3-1) took the final game in a four-game series against the Bats (1-3) on a sunny afternoon in front of 6,157 fans at Huntington Park in Columbus.
Columbus, OH – There would be no two-game losing streak to start the season for the Columbus Clippers. No home run outburst by the Louisville Bats for the second-straight night, either.
The Clippers (1-1), won their first game of the season Friday night, defeating the Bats (1-1), 3-2, in front of 7,042 fans at Huntington Park in Columbus.
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