• Indians Drop Third Straight To Clippers

    July 03, 2010 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians returned to Victory Field last night fresh off a two game series with the IL West leading Columbus Clippers where the Tribe lost both games in Columbus. Hoping to return the favor, the Indians hosted the Clippers last night looking to cut in to Columbus’ 4 game lead over Indianapolis in the IL West. But the Clippers bats proved too much for the Indians as Columbus scored 3 runs in the first inning en-route to a 6-1 Clipper win. Their third win in as many days.

    Columbus jumped out to an early lead as Josh Rodriguez lined a one-out single to left, moved to second when DH Luis Valbuena drew a base on balls and came around to score on a base hit by Jared Goedert. Wes Hodges then came through with a clutch two-out, two-run double to deep center field to plate Valbuena and Goedert and give the Clippers a 3-0 lead from which they would never look back.

    The Indians scored their only run of the game in the second inning when 1B Brian Myrow drew a lead-off walk, stole second and came around to score on a Clippers’ throwing error.  Myrow also collected a base hit in the sixth to finish the evening 1-for-2 with a run and two walks and extend his hitting streak to six straight games during which time he is batting .470 (8-for-17) with six runs, one home run, three RBI and seven walks.

    Clippers’ starter Jeanmar Gomez allowed just one unearned run on three hits and struck out six over five innings of work to earn his third straight victory and improve to 6-7 on the season.  On the other side, Indians’ starter Jeremy Powell was pinned with the loss to fall to 4-7 on the season after he allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks over five innings of work.  

Relievers Jeremy Sowers, Josh Judy and Jess Todd combined to allow just one hit and one walk while striking out four over four innings of scoreless relief for the Clippers.  While out of the Indians’ bullpen, RHP Chris Jakubauskas allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work, before LHP Daniel Moskos and RHP Vinnie Chulk combined for 1.2 innings of scoreless work.

    With the loss, Indianapolis now finds itself 5 games behind the Clippers in the IL west with a record of 44-37 on the year.

    The Tribe wraps up the four-game home/away series with Clippers tonight at 7:15 p.m.  RHP Hayden Penn is expected to get the call for the Indians, while RHP Yohan Pino is the probable starter for the Clippers.

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