• Clippers down Tribe 6-4

    July 18, 2011 No comments

    Clippers designated hitter Shelly Duncan blasted a two-run homer, while third baseman Jason Donald drew lead off walks and scored in three separate innings, including on left fielder Jerad Head’s eventual game-winning base hit in the eighth, to lead Columbus past the Indianapolis Indians 6-4 on Sunday evening at Huntington Park.

    The Indians opened the scoring in the fourth frame with a pair of longballs. 3B Pedro Alvarez led off the inning with an opposite field homer to left, while DH Andy Marte would then follow two batters later with a solo shot to left.

    Columbus’ deficit was erased quickly however, with help from a roundtripper of their own. 3B Jason Donald led off with a walk, before scoring when Duncan lifted an 0-2 pitch over the left field wall.

    The Clippers would then charge ahead with another two-run inning, this time in the sixth. Once again, Donald began with a free pass and then took second on SS Cord Phelps’ single to left, before both advanced on a double steal. CF Tim Fedroff would then deliver with a base hit up the middle to bring home both Donald and Phelps to take a 4-2 advantage.

    It would subsequently be Indianapolis’ turn to mash a game-tying home run in the eighth. RF Steve Pearce followed LF John Bowker’s single to right with a two-run blast to center to draw the contest at 4-4.

    Columbus would then counter in their half of the frame with two scores to once again push to a two-run margin. Donald was hit by a pitch to begin the rally and then stole second, before moving to third on Phelps’ base knock to set the stage for Head’s eventual game-winner. Donald scored on the single to center, while Phelps would then come across on an Indians defensive miscue to cap the scoring.

    Tribe starter Garrett Olson did not receive a decision after allowing four earned runs on four hits in five frames, while LHP Daniel Moskos gave up just one hit in two innings of relief in support of Olson. RHP Jose Ascanio suffered the loss after surrendering two earned runs on one hit without recording an out.

    Columbus RHP Joe Martinez also did not factor in the decision after relinquishing two earned runs on six hits in four innings, while RHP Zach Putnam blew his second save but earned the win for the Clippers to improve to 5-2. Carlton Smith fired three perfect innings of relief in support of Martinez, while closer Josh Judy shut the door in the ninth to notch his 14th save of 2011.

    Indianapolis returns to Victory Field tonight to begin their first homestand since the All-Star Break, and will welcome Charlotte and Rochester for a pair of four-game sets. First pitch Monday evening is set for 7:05 p.m., with the first of two Monday Dollar Menus that will be offered during the home stretch. Indianapolis’ starter has not been announced, while LHP Doug Davis is expected to get the nod for Charlotte.

     

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