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Game Recaps 7/15: Phillips big hit in extras leads Clippers

Game Recaps 7/15: Phillips big hit in extras leads Clippers
July 16, 2011
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Clippers win 4-3 in extra innings

The Clippers outlasted the Indianapolis Indians 4-3 in 10 innings in front of a great Friday night crowd at Huntington Park.

Looking to get off to good start, the Clippers struck first in inning #1. A one out Jason Donald double and Tim Fedroff single set up Cord Phelps who hit a long fly ball to right field that was deep enough for Donald to score from third and give Columbus a very early 1-0 lead. The Clippers had an opportunity to score more, but could not do so. The next batter, Nick Johnson, was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two out. Chad Huffman hit it well, but flew out to left field for the third out.

The Clippers would look to add to their lead. Cord Phelps singled to begin the frame. That was followed by a Jerad Head double to left field. After a Nick Johnson strikeout, Huffman chopped a grounder to third that allowed Phelps to score and make it 2-0 in favor of the boys from Columbus. The lead would become 3-0 when Head came around to score on a Jared Goedert double down the left field line.

The Indians would get a run in the top of the fourth on a Steve Pearce Home Run to left field. The inning would get tougher for Columbus starter Corey Kluber when he gave up a single to Pedro Alvarez and a double to Matt Hague after the Pearce long ball. Kluber struck out Miles Durham, but then gave up a single to Wyatt Toregas that scored both Alvarez and Hague to tie the game at 3-3.

The Clippers looked to grab the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Jason Kipnis would reach on an error by Indians first baseman Steve Pearce. Kipnis then stole second to get into scoring position. After a Jason Donald strikeout, Kipnis advanced to third on a wild pitch. Tim Fedroff walked, putting runners on 1st and 3rd with one out. Cord Phelps had an opportunity to play hero for Columbus, but he bounced into a 4-3-1 double play to end the inning.

It looked like the Clippers would provide them bottom of the ninth magic. Goedert reached on an error by Corey Wimberly to begin the frame. He was bunted over to second by Paul Phillips. Jason Kipnis then walked. Jason Donald singled to right field, but it was not enough to get the winning run across home plate. Despite having the bases loaded with one out, the Clippers were not able to do anything offensively as Fedroff grounded into a force out when the Indians threw home to get pinch runner Donnie Webb and Cord Phelps grounded into a fielder's choice to end the Clippers' scoring threat and the send the game into extra-innings.

Jerad Head doubled to right field to lead off the bottom of the tenth. He advanced to third on a Nick Johnson groundout. After intentional walks were issued by Chad Huffman and Donnie Webb to load the bases, Paul Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Head for the winning run.

The Clippers and Indians will be back at it tomorrow in game three of this four game series at Huntington Park. Justin Germano (0-1) will toe the rubber for the Clippers. Indians lefthander Justin Wilson (9-5) will oppose Germano. First pitch is scheduled 7:05 pm.

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