• Clippers Sweep Indians to Begin Season

    April 11, 2011 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians concluded a four game series with the Columbus Clippers yesterday afternoon to begin the 2011 campaign. And for the Tribe they couldn’t be happier to see Columbus pack their bags and leave as the Clippers completed a four game sweep of Indianapolis knocking of the Indians 7-5.

    The script for yesterdays game followed the same formula as had the previous 3 games with Columbus jumping to an early 5-0 lead after 4 and a half innings only to see Indianapolis score 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th with Tribe shortstop Pedro Ciriaco showing his speed stealing 2nd and third to move in to scoring position with one out. After Gorkys Hernandez struck out swinging for the second out, the Tribe’s Chase d’Arnaud was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Alex Presley doubled to left to score Ciriaco and d’Arnaud and then came home himself on Andy Marte’s 1st home run of the season to cut the deficit to one.

    But Columbus would come right back in the top of the 6th with a pair of runs as 2B Cord Phelps hit his second home run of the day to give the Clippers a 7-4 lead after 6 innings.

    The Tribe would tack on a run in the 9th on a lead-off homer by catcher Dusty Brown but couldn’t pull any closer.

    Indianapolis actually outhit Columbus 11-8 on the afternoon as only Phelps and Bell posted multi-hit efforts for the Clippers, while Presley, d’Arnaud (2-for-3, 1 R), Brown (2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI) and Ciriaco (2-for-4, 1 R, 2 SB) all collected multiple base knocks for the Tribe.

    Columbus starter Zach McAllister earned the victory despite allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings of work, while on rehabilitation assignment with the Indians, starter Brad Lincoln suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs on two hits in 4.2 innings.

    Former Indians hurler Joe Martinez pitched well in relief for the Clippers as he struck out three and allowed just two hits to earn his second hold of the season, while reliever Zach Putnam  notched his first save for Columbus despite surrendering a solo home run in the ninth.

    The Indians now begin a short two-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens on Monday at 7:05 p.m. LHP Adam Wilk is scheduled to start for Columbus, while Pittsburgh Pirates two-time defending Minor League pitcher of the year left hander Rudy Owens is expected to make his Triple-A debut for Indianapolis.

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