Clippers sweep doubleheader from Indy
The Clippers climbed back to the top of the IL West Division by sweeping a doubleheader from Indianapolis 6-1 and 6-5.
On a day that was wet and raining to start, it was a sunny end result for Clippers in Game 1 Monday night.
Indianapolis got on the board in a hurry when Indians left fielder Alex Pressley homered with two outs off of the right centerfield scoreboard to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead.
Columbus would come right back in the bottom half of the inning. After 1 out walks by Cord Phelps and Chisenhall and a Chad Huffman single, Travis Buck delivered a two-run single to give the Clippers a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 1st.
In the bottom of the second, the Clippers played a game of add-on. After a lead-off double by Jordan Brown and walk by Luke Carlin, Luis Valbuena smacked a two-run double to left centerfield to increase the Clippers advantage to 4-1.
The Clippers would strike again in the bottom of the third when Jason Kipnis came around to score on a 1-out Jordan Brown RBI double to enhance the Clippers lead to 5-1. Chad Huffman would then hit a no-doubter off of the left field building in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase the Columbus lead to 6-1. Huffman was recently named the International League player of the week.
Alex White was very solid for the Clippers, picking up his first win of the season (1-0) by going 5 2/3 innings, giving up only one run on five hits while striking out eight and walking two. Sean Gallagher dropped to 0-3 on the season as he pitched only 3 2/3 innings giving up 5 runs all earned on five hits while walking five and striking out three.
Jordan Brown ignited a Clippers rally with his fifth inning grand slam, as they come back to beat the Indians, 6-5, in the nightcap.
Brown took a Jose Ascanio pitch out to left field and also drove in Paul Phillips, Luis Valbuena and Cord Phelps.
The next inning, Valbuena singled to right field to bring home Kipnis to tie the game. The next hitter, Ezequiel Carrera singled and Wes Hodges crossed the plate for the eventual game-winning run.
The Clippers had to battle back from a 5-0 deficit after Indianapolis scored 1 in the first, 2 in the third and 2 in the top of the fifth.
Joe Martinez started for the Clippers and went 3.2 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and struck out four. Jensen Lewis (2-0) earned the victory, however.
Josh Judy came on in the seventh and final inning, earning his second save on the season.
The victory Monday night was the seventh in a row over the Indians on the 2011 season.