Mud Hens trip Clippers through 11
TOLEDO - The Columbus Clippers lost to the Toledo Mudhens in an extended game Friday night, 3-2. Along with the game, Columbus also lost all hope of finishing the season above .500.
Joe Martinez started on the mound for the Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Martinez matched up against Toledo’s starter Blaine Hardy. Both pitchers kept the game quiet clear through the fifth inning until the Mudhens' offense made the first move in the sixth.
Toledo led off the inning with a double out to left field. Martinez then let up a big fly out to left field, clearing the bases and putting the Mudhens up 2-0.
The Clippers countered in the seventh inning when it was their turn to get on the board. With one out, two walks and a single by second baseman Justin Toole loaded the bases. Centerfielder Tim Fedroff came up with a sacrifice fly bringing third baseman Ryan Rohlinger in to score Columbus’ first run of the game.
Still down by one run Rohlinger came up clutch for the Clippers leading off the ninth with a homerun out to left field.
With the score tied Columbus and Toledo headed into extra innings. After Vinne Pestano replaced Martinez earlier in the game during the eighth, Pestano was replaced by Nick Hagadone in the tenth.
Hagadone closed out the tenth inning sending the game into the eleventh. Hagadone started the eleventh letting up his first hit of a game a single grounder to centerfield. After earning his first out Hagadone handed the ball over to CC Lee. Hagadone ultimately took the loss for the night.
Toledo’s runner on first stole second and a proceeding single by the batter moved him to third. The Mudhens' winning run scored on a fielder’s choice, ending the game after eleven innings.
The Clippers will meet the Mudhens again Saturday night in Toledo, before both teams return to Huntington Park for the final two games of the season Sunday and Monday.