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Bats back up House in 6-3 victory over Mudhens

Four-run first sets tone for Clippers in Toledo

Bats back up House in 6-3 victory over Mudhens
August 6, 2013
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TOLEDO- The Clippers previously struggling offense blossomed Monday night beating the Toledo Mudhens, 6-3.

Columbus got off to a quick start jumping on Toledo’s starter Jair Jurrjens in the first inning. Jurrjens pitched a mere three inning, but earned all six of the Clippers’ runs saddling him with the loss.

Tim Fedroff led off the inning with a single to right field. With Ezequiel Carrera batting Fedroff stole his seventeenth base of the year, advancing to second. Carrera then singled to right field, bringing Fedroff into score.

First baseman Matt LaPorta followed suit with a single, placing runners on first and second. With the Mudhens still lacking an out Jeremy Hermida sent a sharp line drive to center field for a double, bringing in the Clippers second run of the inning.

With one out shortstop Juan Diaz singled on a soft line drive, bringing LaPorta home. Matt Carson followed Diaz in the lineup singling on a line drive to center field for Columbus’ sixth hit of the inning, moving Hermida home to score.

The Mudhens didn’t waste time attempting to get on the board. Leading off late in the first against Columbus’ starter TJ House, Danny Worth doubled to left field. After one out House served up a second double, scoring Worth for the Mudhens. Toledo left the runner on base when House and the Clippers earned the last two outs.

Toledo continued to chip away at the Clippers lead, scoring again in the second. House walked the leadoff batter, followed by a ground ball single to center field. With runners on first and second two sacrifice’s brought one runner in to score for the Mudhens.

After going scoreless in the second the Columbus bats got hot for a second time in the third inning. Ryan Rohlinger drew a walk immediately to get on base. Diaz came up with his second single of the game, putting runners on first and second. Rohlinger advanced to third when Carson grounded into a double play, ousting both Carson and Diaz.

Nate Spears got on base for the first time, getting the walk off of Jurrjens. Catcher Roberto Perez brought both Rohlinger and Spears in to score with a solid hit to left field for a double. A strikeout ended the inning, stranding Perez on second.

House pitched into the sixth inning, holding the Mudhens scoreless for three innings after the second. After giving up two singles in the sixth inning House was replaced by CC Lee. Another single loaded the bases for Lee with one out. Kevin Russo grounded out for the Mudhens, bringing in Toledo’s third run. House was given the earned run.

House was given his fifth win of the season for his effort.

After fanning the first batter in the seventh inning, Lee was replaced by Clay Rapada. Rapada faced one batter before another call was made to the bullpen, bringing in Vinne Pestano.

Pestano ended the inning and continued to pitch through the eighth holding the Mudhens in check.

A fifth Columbus pitcher was brought in to close in the ninth. Preston Guilmet took the mound, replacing Pestano. Guilmet gave up one hit, but ended the game before Toledo could score.

Lee, Rapada, and Pestano were all given holds, while Guilmet earned his eighteenth save.

The Clippers will return home Tuesday afternoon, where they will continue to face the Toledo Mudhens. They will play two more games before the Louisville Bats come to Columbus for a two game series.

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