• Clippers Cruise to 7-3 Win Over Tribe

    June 30, 2010 No comments

    courtesy of Indianapolis Indians news release

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Third baseman Jared Goedert hit a backbreaking three-run home run with two outs in the fourth inning to cap a five-run frame and lead the Columbus Clippers to a 7-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday night at Huntington Park.

    With the loss, Indianapolis’ record falls to 44-35, while Columbus improves to 47-32 on the season. The victory also gives the Clippers a three-game lead over the Indians in the International League West Division standings.

    With runners standing at second and third and two runs already across in the inning, Goedert stepped to the plate with two outs and quickly fouled off the first pitch of his at-bat. The Clippers’ third baseman regrouped and watched the next two pitches sail in for a ball and a strike, before finding an offering more to his liking when he lined the fourth pitch of his at-bat out to left field for a three-run home run to give Columbus a comfortable 6-1 lead.

    Before Goedert’s three-run blast gave the Clippers a five-run cushion, the contest was tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom half of the fourth inning. RF Nick Weglarz started the five-run rally with a solo home run to right-center field before CF Jose Constanza, who reached on a single, stole both second and third base and later scored on a fielder’s choice.

    Prior to the Indians’ fourth inning unraveling, Indianapolis jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the second when DH Brian Myrow came through in the clutch with a line drive single to center field to plate C Erik Kratz. Kratz extended the inning with a fly ball double off the wall in center field with two outs and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring.

    Columbus tied the contest at 1-1 in the third inning when 1B Jordan Brown’s soft fly ball fell in front of Indians’ CF Jonathan Van Every to plate Clippers’ 2B Luis Valbuena, who singled with one out and advanced to third on a two-base pickoff error.

    Following the Clippers’ pivotal five-run fourth, the Tribe scratched across a run in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Columbus lead to 6-2. With SS Argenis Diaz at first and Myrow at second with one out in the frame, Indians’ 2B Akinori Iwamura grounded into a force out at second to erase Diaz, but a pair of errors, one on the shortstop and one on the pitcher, allowed Iwamura to reach second and Myrow to safely scamper home.

    Columbus responded with a run of its own to regain its five-run cushion at 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. SS Josh Rodriguez coaxed a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single by Valbuena before Brown came up with his second RBI single of the evening two batters later.

    The Indians scored a run in the ninth on a lead off home run by Kratz, but Clippers’ RHP Jess Todd (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO) retired the next three Tribe batters in succession to close out Columbus’ 7-3 victory.

    Clippers’ LHP David Huff (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO) earned his second win in as many starts at the Triple-A level, while three Columbus relievers held the Tribe to one run over the final four innings of play. Indians’ RHP Charlie Morton (3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) was strapped with his second loss of the season after allowing five runs in 3.1 innings of work.

    At the dish, two batters recorded three hits on the evening, with Kratz (3-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB) doing the honors for the Tribe and Valbuena (3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B) notching three base knocks for the Clippers.

    Indianapolis closes out its brief two-game road trip against the Clippers on Wednesday, June 30, before returning home for two more contests against Columbus starting on Thursday, July 1. RHP Mike Crotta is expected to get the call for the Indians, while RHP Carlos Carrasco is the probable starter for the Clippers.

    The contest will be carried by WXLW-950 AM and www.IndyIndians.com with Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley on the call. The pre-game show begins at 6:40 p.m.

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