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Indians crush Clippers, 13-3

Indians crush Clippers, 13-3
June 2, 2013
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COLUMBUS- There is a popular saying in baseball, “You live and die on the long ball.” In the Columbus Clippers case Sunday, they definitely died by it.
 
Lead by seven homeruns, the Indianapolis Indians routed the Clippers in a 13-3 affair on Sunday.
 
“They have a good lineup,” manager Chris Tremie said of the Indians. “They have some guys that can hit and we just haven’t been pitching to our capabilities, leaving some balls up and not executing pitches. We got hurt by it and it is what it is. When you face hitters, a good hitting team and leave balls up in the zone, the results aren’t typically good.”
 
The loss makes it the sixth-consecutive defeat for the Clippers. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games, partially because of their lackluster pitching. In that span the pitching staff has posted a 7.56 ERA (84 earned runs in 100 innings) and they have allowed at least 10 runs in six of their last seven contests.
 
“Right now we’re in one of the situations where over the last eight to twelve games, we have pitched as well as we’re capable of and it’s made for some really long games,” Tremie said. “That can wear on a club throughout the course of a season but streaks happen. We’re going to snap out of it and get on a good streak and take it from there.”
 
Tremie said that his team will continue to move forward despite the recent drought.
 
“I think that you continue to play the game it’s supposed to be played and we’re going to do that,” Tremie said. “It makes it tough and it’s hard sometimes when things aren’t going so well. You run into streaks, whether they’re losing or giving up a lot of runs or making errors. I mean those things happen during the season.”
 
Aside from the second inning, the Columbus offense struggled most of the game, accumulating just two hits past the rest of the game.
 
The Indians jumped on left-hander T.J. House right out of the gates, scoring five runs in the first two innings.
 
In the top of the first, shortstop Chase d’Arnaud blasted a lead-off homerun into the grass lawn in left center to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
 
Clippers came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, center fielder Tim Fedroff was issued a walk. Second baseman Cord Phelps followed by bashing a two-run homer, his eighth of the season, off the scoreboard in right field to leapfrog over Indianapolis 2-1.
 
After falling behind, the Indians retaliated with four more runs in the top of the second.
 
Center fielder Felix Pie grounded a ball to first but it was bobbled by Chun-Hsiu Chen. Pie hustled down the line and beat out the toss to pitcher T.J. House who was cutting toward the bag. Catcher Tony Sanchez then smacked a two-bagger of the wall in right to tie the game. Up next, right fielder Sands hammered a 0-1 fastball for a homer that cleared the bleachers in left  to make it 4-2. After d’Arnaud walked and second baseman John McDonald placed an opposite-field single to right, designated hitter Josh Harrison trickled an RBI groundout to third to put Indianapolis up 5-2.
 
Although it was not a terrible performance, the Clippers could have used more out of House (1-4, 5.70 ERA), considering how paltry the starting rotation has been as of late. The left-hander took the loss after his five inning performance where he surrendered four earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
 
After House’s exit, reliever Paolo Espino came on to pitch in the sixth and was greeted by a one-out solo bomb to left center off of Sanchez’s bat to increase the away team’s lead to 6-2.
 
Columbus designated hitter Jeremy Hermida countered by lifting a solo shot that bounced off the yellow line on the right field wall to cut the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom portion of the inning.
 
Indianapolis piled on five extra runs in the last third of the game. Third baseman Jared Goedert answered right back in the seventh with two-run homer to right to make it 8-3. Then in the top of the ninth, Ivan De Jesus launched a pinch-hit solo homer to left. With a runner on base, Hague tripled off the center field wall for an RBI and Carroll topped the barrage off with a three-run missile to dead center.
 
Relief pitcher Zach Thornton (1-0, 2.08 ERA) earned the victory for the Indians, tossing 3.1 innings and allowing one run on one hit with five punch outs and two walks.
 
Columbus sinks to just a game above .500 at 29-28 with the defeat and Indianapolis up their record with to 39-19 with their third win in the series.
 
The Clippers and Indians will wrap up their four game series with a 7:05 p.m. game Monday. Columbus right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-2, 5.05 ERA) will look to get back to form after a rough outing in his previous start and will face Indianapolis left-hander Andy Oliver (3-2, 3.02 ERA).
COLUMBUS- There is a popular saying in baseball, “You live and die on the long ball.” In the Columbus Clippers case Sunday, they definitely died by it.
 
Lead by seven homeruns, the Indianapolis Indians routed the Clippers in a 13-3 affair on Sunday.
 
“They have a good lineup,” manager Chris Tremie said of the Indians. “They have some guys that can hit and we just haven’t been pitching to our capabilities, leaving some balls up and not executing pitches. We got hurt by it and it is what it is. When you face hitters, a good hitting team and leave balls up in the zone, the results aren’t typically good.”
 
The loss makes it the sixth-consecutive defeat for the Clippers. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games, partially because of their lackluster pitching. In that span the pitching staff has posted a 7.56 ERA (84 earned runs in 100 innings) and they have allowed at least 10 runs in six of their last seven contests.
 
“Right now we’re in one of the situations where over the last eight to twelve games, we have pitched as well as we’re capable of and it’s made for some really long games,” Tremie said. “That can wear on a club throughout the course of a season but streaks happen. We’re going to snap out of it and get on a good streak and take it from there.”
 
Tremie said that his team will continue to move forward despite the recent drought.
 
“I think that you continue to play the game it’s supposed to be played and we’re going to do that,” Tremie said. “It makes it tough and it’s hard sometimes when things aren’t going so well. You run into streaks, whether they’re losing or giving up a lot of runs or making errors. I mean those things happen during the season.”
 
Aside from the second inning, the Columbus offense struggled most of the game, accumulating just two hits past the rest of the game.
 
The Indians jumped on left-hander T.J. House right out of the gates, scoring five runs in the first two innings.
 
In the top of the first, shortstop Chase d’Arnaud blasted a lead-off homerun into the grass lawn in left center to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
 
Clippers came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, center fielder Tim Fedroff was issued a walk. Second baseman Cord Phelps followed by bashing a two-run homer, his eighth of the season, off the scoreboard in right field to leapfrog over Indianapolis 2-1.
 
After falling behind, the Indians retaliated with four more runs in the top of the second.
 
Center fielder Felix Pie grounded a ball to first but it was bobbled by Chun-Hsiu Chen. Pie hustled down the line and beat out the toss to pitcher T.J. House who was cutting toward the bag. Catcher Tony Sanchez then smacked a two-bagger of the wall in right to tie the game. Up next, right fielder Sands hammered a 0-1 fastball for a homer that cleared the bleachers in left  to make it 4-2. After d’Arnaud walked and second baseman John McDonald placed an opposite-field single to right, designated hitter Josh Harrison trickled an RBI groundout to third to put Indianapolis up 5-2.
 
Although it was not a terrible performance, the Clippers could have used more out of House (1-4, 5.70 ERA), considering how paltry the starting rotation has been as of late. The left-hander took the loss after his five inning performance where he surrendered four earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
 
After House’s exit, reliever Paolo Espino came on to pitch in the sixth and was greeted by a one-out solo bomb to left center off of Sanchez’s bat to increase the away team’s lead to 6-2.
 
Columbus designated hitter Jeremy Hermida countered by lifting a solo shot that bounced off the yellow line on the right field wall to cut the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom portion of the inning.
 
Indianapolis piled on five extra runs in the last third of the game. Third baseman Jared Goedert answered right back in the seventh with two-run homer to right to make it 8-3. Then in the top of the ninth, Ivan De Jesus launched a pinch-hit solo homer to left. With a runner on base, Hague tripled off the center field wall for an RBI and Carroll topped the barrage off with a three-run missile to dead center.
 
Relief pitcher Zach Thornton (1-0, 2.08 ERA) earned the victory for the Indians, tossing 3.1 innings and allowing one run on one hit with five punch outs and two walks.
 
Columbus sinks to just a game above .500 at 29-28 with the defeat and Indianapolis up their record with to 39-19 with their third win in the series.
 
The Clippers and Indians will wrap up their four game series with a 7:05 p.m. game Monday. Columbus right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-2, 5.05 ERA) will look to get back to form after a rough outing in his previous start and will face Indianapolis left-hander Andy Oliver (3-2, 3.02 ERA).

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

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