Thanks to a few lucky breaks in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Columbus Clippers nudged the Durham Bulls 3-2 Friday. After a rough beginning at the Triple-A level this season, T.J. House has turned things around as of late. In his last four starts, he has accumulated a 2-1 record with a 1.50 ERA.
Pitching has been the name of the game for the Clippers as the second-half of their season has gotten off to a promising 4-3 start. They could easily be 7-0 as their losses came by three runs or less (two of them were by a one-run deficit). With a limited offense, the pitching staff is key and if they keep the runs down, Columbus has a shot of making a late-season push for the playoffs. The IBI's Ethan Day recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
An all-out offensive assault by the Clipper bats and right-hander Trevor Bauer’s first complete game of the season powered Columbus over the Buffalo Bisons 10-3 in the first contest of a four-game series Monday.
Triple-A Columbus right-handed reliever Matt Langwell earned his first call to the big leagues back on June 1st and has since bounced back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus on the I-71 shuttle. He is an interesting bullpen option for the Indians and one that could maybe someday lock himself into a permanent role in middle relief or possibly as a setup man. The IBI's Ethan Day recently caught up with him to see how things are going since being sent back down.
It only took a little less than seven hours but the Columbus Clippers finally seized a 1-0 victory in 13 innings over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Saturday. With the contest scoreless going into the 13th inning, Columbus right fielder Matt Carson blasted a solo home run to straight away center to give the Clippers a 1-0 win against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Saturday.
The Columbus Clippers concluded the first half of their season on a high note, finishing the past week with a 4-1 record. The winning record is quite a welcoming sign for the Clippers who have been inconsistent all season, and things seem to be clicking on all cylinders for Columbus as the offense, defense and pitching have all been productive as of late. The IBI's Ethan Day takes us sailing in his weekly Clippers notebook...
Trailing 2-1 heading into the ninth inning, the Columbus Clippers tied things up on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Tim Fedroff and then exploded for three runs in the top of the 11th to burry the Indianapolis Indians in the 5-2 in the latter game of a twin bill Saturday.
Perhaps it was the “lucky” green uniforms the Clippers were wearing on Irish Heritage Night at Huntington Park or maybe it was the clutch hitting in the bottom of the eighth inning. Regardless, Columbus prevailed against the Toledo Mud Hens Friday with a narrow 2-1 victory.
An all-out offensive assault of seven extra-base hits lead the Clipper to a 10-3 beat down of the Toledo Mud Hens Thursday. Right-hander Carrasco (3-0, 3.29 ERA) was solid in his first start since being optioned from Cleveland on July 7. After pitching phenomenally through the first third of the game, a rough fourth inning knocked the starter of course a bit and forced him to exit the game early in the sixth inning.
Slowly but surely, the Clippers seem to be improving as of late, going 3-4 over the past week. The pitching seems to be coming around from both the starting rotation and the bullpen. The biggest problem lies with the offense whom was shutout three times over the previous 7 days and has dropped to last in the International League in team batting average at .247. Nevertheless, Columbus is making strides of improvement and are inching their way back to .500 (42-52).
In the midst of a stellar season at Triple-A Columbus, relief pitcher Preston Guilmet has finally been given the opportunity that he has sought since being selected in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft - a shot in the majors. The IBI's Ethan Day recently caught up with him and discussed the things that helped get him his first big league call.
The last time Clippers left-hander T.J. House saw his name in the win column was May 13. Going up against the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians Tuesday, it looked like that statistic wouldn’t change. Wrong.
COLUMBUS- The Clippers split a doubleheader against the Louisville Bats Saturday. Right-hander Danny Salazar dazzled in the first contest, allowing just one hit on the way to a 4-0 blanking by Columbus but the Bats would rebound by earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory in the second affair.
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