Game Recaps 6/28: Kipnis homers twice, Clippers win
|Jason Kipnis (Photo: IPI)|
The Clippers took advantage of a friendly breeze out towards straightaway center field to power their way past Toledo, 5-4.
The teams hit a combined five home runs - two of which came off the bat of Jason Kipnis.
In the third inning, the Clippers jumped ahead 2-0 thanks to solo shots from both Kipnis and Paul Phillips.
The next two innings brought two more solo homers - from Jared Goedert in the fourth and Kipnis again in the fifth.
Kipnis, who has six home runs in June, now has 11 on the season.
A three-run homer from Danny Worth in the sixth off of Zach Putnam brought the Mud Hens back within one. The Clippers were able to get an insurance run in the bottom frame. Luis Valbuena scored with heads-up base running on an errant throw from center fielder Jeff Salazar. That run was the difference in the game because of a seventh inning solo blast over the center field batter's eye from Toledo's Ryan Strieby.
Baseballs weren't the only things flying around Huntington Park. After getting ejected for arguing with first base umpire Fran Burke, Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin tossed his hat and a bat out onto the field. Jason Donald was originally called out at first after a Worth throw pulled Strieby off the first base bag.
Clippers hitting coach Lee May was ejected for arguing the call. Immediately after, the call was overturned and Nevin came out to argue.
Jeanmar Gomez (8-2) gave up three runs over 5.1 innings and struck out a season high eight batters for the victory. Josh Judy came on in the ninth to record his twelfth save of the year.
David Huff (7-2, 3.91) goes up against Andrew Oliver (6-2, 3.63) in a 12:05 start for the final game of the Clippers' home stand.