• Clippers Beat Tribe Using Long Ball

    August 31, 2010 No comments

    Designated hitter Wes Hodges began the scoring with a two-run home run before shortstop Josh Rodriguez connected for the eventual game-winning two-run longball to propel the Columbus Clippers past the Indianapolis Indians 6-4 on Monday night at Victory Field.

    Hodges came through with a two out two-run blast to straight away center field for his 13th homer of the season in the first inning that gave Columbus the quick 2-0 advantage.

    Tribe 3B Akinori Iwamura would draw the Tribe to within one when he followed Hodges blast in the top of the first with his own home run to straight away center in the bottom half of the inning.

    The Indians would continue the power surge in the fourth inning, when first baseman John Bowker blasted them into the lead with a two-run bomb to right-center field. 

    Columbus would however even the score in the fifth when Jose Constanza sparked another rally with a one out base hit to center, before eventually trotting home on a Tribe miscue.  Though Indianapolis would take back the lead in the bottom of fifth on back-to-back doubles by LF Kevin Melillo and Iwamura, it would be short lived as the Clippers took back the advantage for good with a three-run rally in the sixth.

    3B Jared Goedert began the three-run sixth with a double to right, before LF Matt McBride put runners at second and third when he followed with a base hit to left.  Former Tribe C Luke Carlin then evened the score at four when he drove home Goedert with a groundout, to set the stage for Rodriguez, who followed with what turned out to be a game-winning two-run home run to left field.

    Columbus starter Yohan Pino earned the victory to improve to 10-8 as he allowed just four runs on six hits, while striking out three and walking just one over six innings of work.  Three Clippers’ relievers then came on and shut the door as LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Josh Judy  and RHP Vinnie Pestano  combined for three scoreless frames of relief with Laffey and Judy each earning a hold and Pestano notching his 13th save.

    On the other side, Tribe starter Jeremy Powell  suffered the loss to fall to 10-9 after surrendering six runs on nine hits in just 5.1 innings of work. 

    Indianapolis now continues their three-game series with the Columbus Clippers tonight at 7:00 p.m.  RHP Chris Jakubauskas is the probable starter for the Tribe, while RHP Paolo Espino is expected to get the nod for the Clippers.

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