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Game Recaps 4/25: Tribe system shows off top hurlers

April 26, 2011
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Kyle Blair (Photo: Tony Lastoria)
The Clippers climbed back to the top of the IL West Division by sweeping a doubleheader from Indianapolis 6-1 and 6-5.

On a day that was wet and raining to start, it was a sunny end result for Clippers in Game 1 Monday night.

Indianapolis got on the board in a hurry when Indians left fielder Alex Pressley homered with two outs off of the right centerfield scoreboard to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead.

Columbus would come right back in the bottom half of the inning. After 1 out walks by Cord Phelps and Chisenhall and a Chad Huffman single, Travis Buck delivered a two-run single to give the Clippers a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 1st.

In the bottom of the second, the Clippers played a game of add-on. After a lead-off double by Jordan Brown and walk by Luke Carlin, Luis Valbuena smacked a two-run double to left centerfield to increase the Clippers advantage to 4-1.

The Clippers would strike again in the bottom of the third when Jason Kipnis came around to score on a 1-out Jordan Brown RBI double to enhance the Clippers lead to 5-1. Chad Huffman would then hit a no-doubter off of the left field building in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase the Columbus lead to 6-1. Huffman was recently named the International League player of the week.

Alex White was very solid for the Clippers, picking up his first win of the season (1-0) by going 5 2/3 innings, giving up only one run on five hits while striking out eight and walking two. Sean Gallagher dropped to 0-3 on the season as he pitched only 3 2/3 innings giving up 5 runs all earned on five hits while walking five and striking out three.

Jordan Brown ignited a Clippers rally with his fifth inning grand slam, as they come back to beat the Indians, 6-5, in the nightcap.

Brown took a Jose Ascanio pitch out to left field and also drove in Paul Phillips, Luis Valbuena and Cord Phelps.

The next inning, Valbuena singled to right field to bring home Kipnis to tie the game. The next hitter, Ezequiel Carrera singled and Wes Hodges crossed the plate for the eventual game-winning run.

The Clippers had to battle back from a 5-0 deficit after Indianapolis scored 1 in the first, 2 in the third and 2 in the top of the fifth.

Joe Martinez started for the Clippers and went 3.2 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and struck out four. Jensen Lewis (2-0) earned the victory, however.

Josh Judy came on in the seventh and final inning, earning his second save on the season.

The victory Monday night was the seventh in a row over the Indians on the 2011 season.

Salem Stings Kinston 7-3

The K-Tribe lost the opener of a four game series with Salem 7-3 Monday night at Historic Grainger Stadium.

Cleveland's first round draft pick Drew Pomeranz made his fourth start of the season for Kinston. Salem's Reynaldo Rodriguez started off the second inning with a solo home run off of Pomeranz. Pomeranz exited the game after three innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out five. He did not walk a batter.

Kinston tied the score in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Abner Abreu doubled and was driven home on an RBI single from Casey Frawley. Salem would come back in the top of the fifth inning off of Kinston reliever Toru Murata. Salem loaded the bases with one-out in the inning and took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Shannon Wilkerson. After a single by Kolbrin Vitek loaded the bases again, Rodriguez cleared them with a three RBI double. Murata (0-1)took the loss, giving up four earned runs in two innings of work. The K-Tribe bullpen then settled down as Tyler Sturdevant pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits.

Down 5-1 the K-Tribe cut into the lead after Greg Folgia hit a lead-off double and later scored on a double from Tyler Holt. Salem would add two more runs off of K-Tribe reliever Jose Flores in the top of the ninth inning. Kinston scored a run of their own in the bottom of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Greg Folgia who went 2-for-4 on the night. Frawley also had two hits for Kinston.

The K-Tribe homestand continues tomorrow with a $2 Tuesday and WNCT's David Sawyer night. Game time 6:30, Clayton Cook will be on the mound for Kinston.

Aguilar's Homerun Lifts Captains to 2-1 Win

Jesus Aguilar fifth homerun of the year came in the fourth inning in Monday night's 2-1 win over the TinCaps. With Giovanny Urshela standing on first, Aguilar sent one to deep leftfield putting the Captains in front for their second straight win.

Fort Wayne had a 1-0 lead after a solo homerun by Tommy Medica in the second inning.

Kyle Blair (2-0) picked up the win working five innings allowing a run on five hits, no walks and four strike outs. Francisco Jimenez worked three innings allowing a hit, no walks and struck out two. Clayton Elhert worked an inning for his fourth save of the year. Andrew Werner (1-2) took the loss going five innings allowing two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out five.

Lake County and Fort Wayne continue their three game series Tuesday night from Parkview Field at 7:05PM. The Captains will start RHP Cole Cook (0-1) against RHP Keyvius Sampson (2-1) for the TinCaps. Catch all the action on AM1330 WELW or online at

Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIPI. Also, his latest book the 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More is available for purchase for $20.95 to customers in the US (shipping and handling extra).

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