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Phelps' big day not enough, Clippers lose 4-3

Phelps' big day not enough, Clippers lose 4-3
April 18, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - Even with a 4-for-5 performance from Clippers second basemen Cord Phelps, Columbus was unable to take game two of the series as they fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon, 4-3.

Phelps' had a productive day at the plate with two doubles, two singles, and an RBI, but the main issue in this game was that the Clippers went a mere 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners stranded on the base paths.

Left-hander Scott Barnes toed the rubber and pitched five innings, striking out four batters and giving up four runs.  Barnes was unable to pick up his first win of the season giving him a 0-2 record on the season.

Unlike Tuesday's game the Indians came out swinging going up 1-0 in the third inning after center fielder Gorkys Hernandez hit his second double of the season to left allowing first basemen Nick Evans to score the first run of the game.

Indianapolis was able to tack on another three runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to increase their lead to 4-0.  Right fielder Brandon Boggs hit an RBI double on a ground ball to left fielder Russ Canzler.  After a bunt single from left fielder Starling Marte, Hernandez scored, but Marte advanced to second base on a throwing error from Barnes.  Later in the inning second basemen Brian Friday hit a double to Canzler in left which plated Marte.

The Columbus Clippers were able to get their first run of the game on the board in the sixth inning when designated hitter Ryan Spilborghs singled on a ground ball to third basemen Matt Hague bringing across first basemen Matt LaPorta to make the score 4-1.

The Clippers put a two run rally together in the seventh to bring them within one run of the Tribe.  Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera doubled on a fly ball to Hernandez in center bringing home shortstop Gregorio Petit.  Carrera then scored on one of Phelps' two doubles in the game, making the score 4-3 at the stretch.

Unfortunately that was all the runs the Clippers were able to score. In the ninth inning Indianapolis brought in their closer Tim Woods and he shut the Clippers down to record his first save of the season.

The two teams will square off in game three of their series in an early afternoon tilt at 11:05 am on Thursday.

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