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Clippers can't climb out of third inning hole, lose 8-6

Clippers can't climb out of third inning hole, lose 8-6
April 11, 2012
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COLUMBUS - The Clippers fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night 8-6 in game three of the series despite getting five home runs by five separate players. The loss snapped their five game win streak as lefty Justin Wilson picked up the win making the Clippers 1-2 on the season versus left handed pitchers.

A rough third inning where the Clippers gave up three runs on two errors took the wind out of them as they were not able to recover.  Manager Mike Sarbaugh was not too worried about the defensive miscues in the inning.

"When they are playing hard they make mistakes," he said. "You got to live with that and we need to learn from them.”

Right-hander Kevin Slowey toed the rubber for the Clippers, and was coming off an outing last Friday where recorded a win and struck out six batters.  He rolled through the first two innings only to run into trouble in the third inning.

In the third inning the Indians scored three runs, though only two of them were earned.  Indians' third baseman Jeremy Farrell lead the inning off with a single, and it all went down hill from there as as a throwing error by Slowey on a bunt play and a throwing error by catcher Matt Pagnozzi on a pickoff attempt at third ignited the flames that allowed three runs to cross the plate in the inning.

Indians' right fielder Brandon Boggs took Slowey deep to center for a solo home run to start the fourth inning giving the Tribe a 4-0 lead. In the fifth inning Indians’ shortstop Jeff Clement went deep to left center to make it 5-0.

Clippers right fielder Chad Huffman got the Clippers on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the seventh inning Clippers' second baseman Cord Phelps reached base with a single to start the inning, which extended his on-base streak to 33 games. His stay on the bases was short as left fielder Matt LaPorta grounded into a double play.  After the double play first basemen Russ Canzler and third basemen Lonnie Chisenhall came up with back-to-back singles, but Huffman flied out to left to end the rally.

Wilson left the game with two outs in the seventh and finished the game with 6.2 innings pitched and allowed just one run and had seven strikeouts.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning shortstop Gregorio Petit hit a solo homer to left center and center fielder followed him up by pouning a solo homer to deep right center.

Slowey’s night ended after getting in a jam in the top of the eighth inning.  He finished the night going 7.2 innings and gave up five runs.  Right hander Jose De La Torre came into the game and struggled, allowing three runs in the ninth inning on four hits and a walk.

Down 8-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Clippers made it interesting against Indians’ closer Bryan Morris.  LaPorta hit the first pitch of the ninth for a solo blast to left field.  Two batters later Chisenhall got involved as he took Morris deep on a towering two-run home run to right field to bring the Clippers to within two.  Morris was able to settle down striking out the next three batters he faced to end the game with a final score of 8-6.

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