Clippers edge Indians 4-2
Fedroff swipes three bases in win
INDIANAPOLIS- Despite being out-hit by the Indianapolis Indians eight to six, the Columbus Clippers squeaked by with a 4-2 victory Thursday at Victory Field.
Indianapolis right-hander Stolmy Pimentel tossed a excellent game but the Clipper offense came through with some timely hitting to best the starter.
Clipper second baseman Juan Diaz was issued a two-out walk in the top of the second inning. Right fielder Matt Carson knocked him in with an RBI double to center field and advanced to third on the throw home. Third baseman Justin Toole followed by trickling a soft groundball single to his counterpart to score Carson and put Columbus up 2-0.
Both teams matched each other with a run in the third inning.
The Clippers scored on a single hit and it wasn't a home run. Center fielder Tim Fedroff lead off the inning by lacing a base hit to straightaway center. Shortstop Ryan Rohlinger stepped up to the plate but didn't need to swing the bat to get his teammate home.
Fedroff must have had a good read on Pimentel because he quickly swiped second base and on the next pitch, snatched third for his 20 stolen base of the year.
Pimentel must have been rattled a bit because the next pitch went wild and Fedroff sprinted home for another run.
The right-hander hurled eight innings and allowed three runs on five total hits. He also struck out a pair and walked one.
On the mound for the Clippers was pitcher Paolo Espino. The starter breezed past the first two frames of action before allowing Indianapolis to score in the third. After retiring former Cleveland Indian and Indianapolis catcher Kelly Shoppach, Espino issued a walk to left fielder Darren Ford.
Two batters later, shortstop Robert Andino doubled to left field to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Espino allowed a leadoff ground-rule double to Shoppach in the latter half of the fifth but got Ford to pop into a two killing on an attempted bunt. Catcher Roberto Perez caught the popup and rifled the ball down to second to double off Shoppach.
However, second baseman Chris d'Arnaud singled in the next at-bat and then stole second. Andino smacked an RBI single to left to make it a one-run ballgame.
Espino lasted just one more inning but that proved to be all the longer he would need to last as he came away with his third victory of the season. Across his six innings, he allowed two runs on seven hits with six punch outs and no walks.
Carson cracked a base knock to right with designated hitter Jeremy Hermida on second to bring in the Clippers' final run of the affair.
Reliever Nick Hagadone began the bottom of the ninth and recorded the first out before handing the ball over to Preston Guilmet, who retired the only two batters he faced for his 19th save of the season.
The win keeps the Clippers six games back of the Wild Card spot at 61-66.
Columbus and Indianapolis will square off again for a 7:15 p.m. contest Friday. Left-hander T.J. House (6-10, 4.46 ERA) gets the call for the Clippers. Opposing him will be Indians right-hander Jameson Taillon (0-1, 5.25 ERA).