Hens pound Clippers, 8-5
TOLEDO - The Toledo Mud Hens bats' exploded at Fifth Third Field on Sunday night as they defeated the Columbus Clippers, 8-5, in front of a sell-out crowd.
The scoring started early as first inning homers by Jerad Head and Danny Dorn got the Hens off to a 3-0 lead.
Columbus scored a run in the third on a solo home run from centerfielder Aaron Cunningham and in the fifth on a run scoring groundout by second baseman Cord Phelps to cut the Hens lead to one at 3-2. Toledo then rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach, the big blow being a three-run homer to cap the five run rally.
Columbus rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning thanks to a two-run double by Phelps and RBI groundout by pinch-hitter Anthony Gallas. But that was all they could muster as they were held scoreless the final two innings.
Lefty Eric Berger got the start and allowed all eight runs in his 4.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, one walk, and served up three home runs. Phelps went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and Cunningham went 3-for-4 with a homer and RBI to pace the offense. Rehabbing third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall went 1-for-3 in his first game since returning from injury.
The Clippers conclude their season this afternoon at 1 p.m. in a special Labor Day game against the Hens. Righty Brooks Brown is scheduled to take the hill for Toledo and Cole Cook is scheduled for the Clippers.
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