Clippers head into All Star break with 6-1 win over Indians
COLUMBUS- The Columbus Clippers entered the All-Star Break after devastating the Indianapolis Indians Sunday evening. Thanks to strong pitching from Columbus the Indians were unable to make a comeback against the Clippers’ vigorous offense and ultimately lost, 6-1.
The Clippers wasted no time jumping on the board in the first inning. Ezequiel Carrera led off the inning with a single on a bunt to third base. With third baseman Ryan Rohlinger batting Carrera stole his twenty seventh base of the season advancing to second. A sacrifice bunt by Rohlinger then moved Carrera to third. Tim Fedroff stepped up to the plate and grounded out, but scored Carrera to take the lead.
The Indians answered back in the bottom of the first against T.J House who was starting for Columbus on the mound. House let up three hits and one run in the first inning, tying the game 1-1.
Columbus’ offense continued to be productive in the second inning. With one out Matt Carson sent a groundball to third base, followed by a line drive single by Nate Spears. After Carson and Spears moved up a base, Luis Hernandez reached base on a fielder’s choice scoring Carson and positioning the runners on the corners. A wild pitch by Indianapolis starter Graham Godfrey sent Spears in to score the Clippers last run of the inning putting them up 3-1.
All scoring ceased for both sides during the third through the fifth inning. House kept the Indians scoreless during the stretch recording three strikeouts and only allowed two hits.
House pitched through the sixth inning, putting up a quality start. He was rewarded with his third win of the season.
The Clippers regained their previous momentum in the top of the sixth. Carrera recorded his second hit of the night leading off the sixth with a double to right field. Carrera then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Rohlinger. Fedroff then reached base on a fielder’s choice, bringing Carrera home to score. Shortstop Juan Diaz then recorded his first hit of the night with a line drive single to left field. Jeremy Hermida came up big for the Clippers with a crucial double to right field scoring Fedroff. Carson then grounded out, but allowed Diaz to score the Clippers sixth run of the game.
Thanks to a supportive bullpen, the Indians were unable to make a comeback against the Clippers. Blake Wood was called in to replace House for the seventh inning. Wood recorded one strikeout and allowed one hit during his time on the mound.
Right hander Bryan Price took the ball in the eighth inning and pitched into the ninth and gave up one hit to Indianapolis during his two innings.
The Clippers have three days off this week due to the Triple-A All Star game being played in Reno, Nevada. When the Clippers return they will travel to Lehigh Valley to face the Ironpigs.
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