• Columbus Rallies Past Tribe 5-2

    September 01, 2010 No comments

    Starting pitcher Paolo Espino allowed just three hits over seven innings, while third baseman Jared Goedert and second baseman Cord Phelps combined to go 3-for-6 with two runs and three RBI to lead the Columbus Clippers past the Indianapolis Indians 6-4 on Tuesday night at Victory Field.

    Espino was brilliant on the evening as he allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out seven over seven innings of work to earn the victory and improve to 3-2 on the season.  Relievers Jess Todd and Vinnie Pestano would close out the victory for the Clippers with two innings of scoreless relief, with Todd earning his fourth hold and Pestano notching his 14th save.

    Though Indianapolis managed just four hits on the evening they did jump out to an early 2-0 lead with two tallies in the bottom of the third.  LF Kevin Melillo began the rally when he rolled a single to left with one out, before he moved up to second when 3B Akinori Iwamura drew a base on balls. 

    After Iwamura’s walk, CF Alex Presley beat out a potential inning-ending double play to leave runners at first and third for RF Brandon Moss, who came through with a clutch two-run double to center to give the Tribe the 2-0 advantage.  The RBI for Moss were his team leading 88th and 89th on the season and moved him into sole possession of second place in the International League.

    However, this would be all the offense the Indians would get as the Columbus pitching staff shut down the Tribe over the final six frames and got just enough offense to earn the victory.  Phelps began the Clippers’ first scoring rally when he led off the fourth with a hard-hit double to center, before eventually trotting home on a clutch two-out, two-run longball by Goedert.

    After evening the score in the top of the fourth, the Clippers pulled ahead for good with a single tally in the top of the fifth.  Phelps hit a clutch two-out RBI double to center and though they would not need it, the Clippers added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a Matt McBride RBI doubland a RBI single by 1B Wes Hodges.

    Despite allowing just three runs, while scattering seven hits, Tribe starter Chris Jakubauskas suffered the loss to fall to 1-4 on the season.  Indians’ reliever Corey Hamman provided some excellent relief as he allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings of work.

    Indianapolis now wraps up their three-game series with the Columbus Clippers on tonight at 7:00 p.m.  Neither team has yet to announce a starter for the contest.

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