Clippers pluck Hens, 4-1
TOLEDO - After a successful homestand, the Clippers began a four-game roadtrip Monday night, and started it off with a win.
Columbus (42-42) defeated the Toledo Mud Hens, 4-1, in game one of a four-game series in Toledo. The Clippers, coming off a six-game set at Huntington Park in which they went 4-2, have now won seven of their past nine games.
Monday, Columbus had a three-run sixth inning that separated them from the Mud Hens on way to victory.
First baseman Matt LaPorta started off the inning with an opposite-field double. Right fielder Russ Canzler and third baseman Jared Goedert followed with consecutive singles, plating LaPorta. Left fielder Tim Fedroff and center fielder Ezequiel Carrera singled later in the inning, bringing in Canzler and Goedert, respectively.
Goedert opened the scoring for Columbus in the top of the second inning. With one out, he doubled to center field, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by shortstop Gregorio Petit three batters later.
Along with LaPorta and Carrera, Goedert was the propellant behind the Columbus offense for most of the game. Goedert went 2-for-4 with an RBI. LaPorta and Carrera each added two hits.
On the mound, left-hander T.J McFarland prevented the Toledo offense from doing much of anything at the plate. McFarland went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out five Mud Hens.
Toledo scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Mud Hens’ center fielder Matt Young singled to center field, bringing in shortstop Argenis Diaz who had reached on a hit to center.
Clippers’ second baseman Cord Phelps continued to struggle at the plate, going 0-for-4. Travis Hafner, making a rehab assignment, went 0-for-4 batting in the three-hole as the designated hitter.
Right-hander Cody Allen was dominant in his one inning of relief. Allen recorded his first save of the season in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out two Mud Hens while allowing no hits and walking one batter.
Columbus and Toledo will play game two of the series on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.