Columbus splits doubleheader against Toledo
July 26, 2012
Columbus won game two of the double header, 11-10, after their six-game winning streak ended in game one following a 5-3 defeat.
In game two, Toledo came back from a 9-2 deficit and tied the game, but a Jared Goedert sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh won the game for the Clippers.
Columbus jumped out to a big lead in game two, scoring nine runs over the first two innings.
After Toledo plated two runs in the top of the first, the Clippers started the bottom of the first with three-straight hits. Cord Phelps, Vinny Rottino, Tim Fedroff and Chad Huffman each had RBIs in the inning.
Toledo rallied back and eventually tied the game, 10-10, in the sixth. Columbus starter Eric Berger allowed the Mud Hens to get back in the game, giving up six runs in 31/3 innings of work.
Columbus had a chance to take the lead back in the bottom of the sixth, but failed to score with the bases loaded and only one out.
In game one, Toledo scored four runs off Columbus starter T.J McFarland in the first inning. The Clippers' left-hander gave up three-consecutive singles to open the game as the Mud Hens plated a run. Toledo first baseman Danny Dorn then added to the scoring, taking a McFarland pitch deep for a three-run homer to put the Clippers in a four-run hole.
McFarland settled down, allowing just one run over his next four innings of work. His night ended after the fifth, as the left-hander struck out four and walked two in five innings of work, recording his fourth loss of the season.
The Columbus offense got a few runs back as the game progressed. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera stayed hot at the plate and homered to lead off the bottom of the first and shortstop Gregorio Petit hit an RBI-single in the second.
Phelps brought the Clippers within two runs with a solo shot in the sixth, but that was as close as Columbus would get.
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