Clippers put up lots of fireworks in 13-3 rout
TOLEDO – The Columbus Clippers (43-43) routed the Toledo Mud Hens (34-52) in Fifth Third Field on Wednesday by a final score of 13-3. There was plenty of offense to go around in this Independence Day contest, as all but one of the Columbus batters came away with at least a hit.
The Clippers came out strong in the first inning, scoring three runs with two outs on the board. The rally began with a walk for designated hitter Vinny Rottino, and then the next three batters – first baseman Matt LaPorta, third baseman Russ Canzler and right fielder Chad Huffman – all hit RBI doubles that gave Columbus an early 3-0 lead.
Toledo struck back in the bottom of the first with a leadoff home run by second baseman Danny Worth, but it wouldn’t be long before the Clipper bats exploded and the game was out of the Mud Hens’ reach.
Columbus exploded for six runs in the third, four of which came courtesy of a grand slam by second baseman Ryan Rohlinger. It was his first home run with the Columbus Clippers, and it was a huge one that put his team up over the Mud Hens 9-1. The other two runs in the inning came via a two-RBI double by Canzler.
It was a nightmare night for Mud Hens starting pitcher Andrew Oliver (4-8, 5.11 ERA). He lasted only 2.1 innings, and in that time he surrendered eight earned runs on six hits and four walks. In his last ten starts, Oliver has earned only one win while losing seven times. His average ERA in this time is 6.49.
Columbus starter Chris Seddon (8-5, 3.66 ERA) was more than good enough to get the win. He went six strong innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He also struck out six in his time on the mound.
The Clippers added to their lead in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game completely out of Toledo’s reach. A Rottino double brought in two runs to make it 11-3, and LaPorta knocked an RBI single to right that made it 12-3. The thirteenth and final run came in the sixth inning when center fielder Ezequiel Carrera hit into a double play with the bases loaded that made it 13-3 anyway.
The game coasted through the last three innings without any scoring on either side. Columbus relievers Frank Herrmann, Chris Ray and Matt Langwell all pitched a scoreless inning on the way to the victory.
The fourth and final game of the Clippers’ series in Toledo will be on Friday at 7:00 p.m.