• Clippers slug past Tribe 6-4

    April 25, 2011 No comments

    A rare Saturday off due to the heavy rains that have plagued the Midwest forced the Indianapolis Indians and Columbus Clippers to delay the opening of their three game series by a day. When the teams returned to business for an Easter Sunday game, Indianapolis saw Columbus plate five runs in the fourth inning, including back-to-back home runs from catcher Paul Phillips and second baseman Luis Valbuena, to lead the Clippers past the Tribe 6-4 at Huntington Park.

    Bucking what had been an early season trend, the Tribe got off to a quick start, scoring in the opening inning when SS Chase d’Arnaud singled to center and would eventually score when DH Andy Marte reached on a fielding error. It was just the fourth time in 17 games this season the Indians had scored before their opponent.

    An inning later the Indians doubled their lead to 2-0 thanks to 3B Josh Harrison, who blasted a leadoff home run over the left field wall. The long ball was the second of the year for Harrison, and the second game in a row the Indians have led off an inning with a home run.

    The Clippers bashed their first round tripper of the game, a solo shot by RF Travis Buck, in the bottom of the second to cut the Indians’ lead in half. The homer was the first of the season for the Columbus right fielder and brought Columbus to within a run.

    Indianapolis had their chances to increase their lead, loading the bases in the third and fourth innings, but were unable to bring home additional runs. The Indians in total left a season-high 13 runners on base.

    Columbus sent ten hitters to the plate in the fourth frame, scoring five runs thanks in part to the two long balls, as well as a triple to give Columbus a 6-2 lead after four innings.

    The Tribe skimmed the margin to 6-3 in the eighth inning when CF Gorkys Hernandez drove in Harrison with a sacrifice fly and would further cut the deficit to two when Hague then came through with a two out infield single that scored 2B Brian Friday.

    Indianapolis LHP Brian Burres suffered the loss after giving up six earned runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings of work, though the bullpen trio of Cesar Valdez, Daniel Moskos and Justin Thomas was solid, combining to allow just two hits in 4.1 scoreless frames of relief.

    Columbus’ Jensen Lewis earned the victory after throwing 1.2 hitless innings of relief, surrendering a lone walk while starter Corey Kluber did not receive a decision after struggling with his command in allowing six walks, but only one earned run on three runs in 3.1 innings pitched. Josh Judy threw a perfect ninth and fanned one to notch his first save of the season.

    The Indians are scheduled for a double header tonight to make up for the rain out Saturday against Columbus and end their three game series with the Clippers. Both contests are set to last seven innings. First pitch for game one is set for 5:05 p.m., with Tribe right hander Sean Gallagher set to take the mound against Columbus southpaw Scott Branes. Lefty Garrett Olson is expected to start the second game for the Indians, while the Clippers look to counter with right hander Joe Martinez.

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