The Rochester Red Wings must not have been informed that the Triple-A Homerun Derby is more than two months away. Powered by five longballs, the Red Wings cruised past the Columbus Clippers Saturday with an 8-2 victory.
The 77 degree weather was not the only pleasant thing at Huntington Park on Saturday. Led by right-hander Joe Martinez’s astounding performance, the Columbus Clippers downed the Rochester Red Wings 5-1 in the second game of the series.
First baseman Matt LaPorta’s triumphant return to the Clippers lineup was not enough to earn his team the victory as Columbus fell to the Rochester Red Wings 7-6 Thursday. LaPorta, fresh off the disabled list after undergoing off-season surgery on his left hip, went 3-4 with a home run, two singles and two RBI. Red Wings right-hander P.J. Walters (3-2, 3.60 ERA) pitched a solid game, allowing three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in his 6.1 innings of work. Clippers left-hander T.J. House (0-1, 7.20 ERA), did not fare as well.
With nearly five months in the Indians organization under his belt, first baseman Mike McDade is finding comfort in his new surroundings. He spent all of 2012 in the Blue Jays farm system, but was put on waivers this past offseason and the Indians picked him up. The IBI's Ethan Day recently sat down to talk to him and gives the details how his adjustment is going with his new organization.
The Clippers managed only five hits on Sunday, as they were shutout 3-0 by Toledo Mud Hens starting pitcher Casey Crosby. The slumping Clippers have scored just 10 runs in the past six games, and are 1-5 in that span. Giovanni Soto, making his first start since August 7 of last year with Double-A Akron, didn’t last long.
The Columbus Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak by blanking the Toledo Mud Hens 1-0 Saturday. Behind the spectacular performance by right-hander Carlos Carrasco, the Clippers were able to squeeze out the victory despite the recent struggles by the offense.
The Columbus Clippers split a doubleheader against the Indianapolis Indians Saturday. Columbus snatched the first game 2-1 behind the impressive debut of Trevor Bauer but Indianapolis would prevail with a 5-0 victory in the second match up. Each contest was seven innings.
An early inning hit parade would be all that the Clippers needed to hang on and defeat the Indianapolis Indians 7-6 in their home opener at Huntington Park Friday. The Clippers broke out the lumber in the bottom of the second, scoring all seven of their runs off of Indianapolis starter Kyle McPherson.
The Columbus Clippers started off their season on a high note, defeating the Indianapolis Indians 4-0 on opening day. After struggling to find any kind of offense through the first seven innings, the Clippers’ bats finally came alive in the top of the eighth when designated hitter Jeremy Hermida launched a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam.
After winning back-to-back Triple-A National Championships in 2010 and 2011, the Columbus Clippers failed to make the playoffs in 2012, finishing second in the International West Division with a 75-69 record. This season, under the leadership of first-year manager Chris Tremie, the Clippers will look to get back to their championship caliber selves. The IBI's Ethan Day previews the new version of the Clippers for 2013!
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