• Clippers knock off Tribe heading in to break

    July 09, 2012 No comments

    Columbus catcher Luke Carlin’s fifth-inning grand slam provided the big blow as the Clippers beat the Indianapolis Indians 11-5 going into the All-Star break. Despite the loss, the Indians head into the three-day break with a 56-34 record, the best in the International League. The Tribe also owns an 11-game lead over the Clippers in the IL West.

    The Clippers only had nine hits in Sunday’s game, but rode a pair of Indianapolis errors and eight walks to score 11 runs a day after suffering a 10-5 defeat at the hands of the Indians.

    Four of those runs came on one swing of the bat as Carlin launched his bases-loaded homer over the right-field wall. The grand slam came three batters after 3B Russ Canzler put Columbus ahead for good with a single to center that scored 2B Cord Phelps and broke a 2-2 tie.

    The Indians had battled back from a 2-0 deficit after Columbus got lone runs in each of the first two innings.

    Indianapolis tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, DH Jeff Clement launched his 13th home run of the season, cutting the Columbus lead to 2-1. RF Brandon Boggs followed with a double to left, his 14th of the season, before scoring the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly by C Jose Morales.

    Indianapolis starter Rick VandenHurk gave up seven runs, five earned, in five innings and took his first loss of the season, falling to 8-1. Columbus, starter David Huff gave up three runs in seven innings to earn his fourth win of the season.

    Following the all-star break, Indianapolis and Columbus (45-45) will return to action with a doubleheader on Thursday, July 12, at Victory Field that will kick off an eight-day, nine-game homestand for the Indians. The first game on July 12 will begin at 6:05 p.m., with the second game scheduled to begin shortly after the conclusion of game one. LHP Jeff Locke (7-4, 2.92) is expected to make the first start for the Tribe while RHP Daniel Cabrera (4-3, 4.65) will likely take the mound in game two.

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