Game Recaps 6/14: Kipnis triples Columbus to 8th straight
|Jason Kipnis (Photo: Lianna Holub)|
It was quite the night for Jason Kipnis and Chad Huffman as their extra base hits paced the Clippers to 7-3 victory over Buffalo which led to a four game sweep of the Bisons and increasing the Columbus' winning streak to eight.
Clippers rigthhander Scott Barnes was dealing early, striking out five through his first three innings Barnes would get some support on offense in the top of the fourth when a Jason Kipnis triple turned into the Clippers first run of the ball game. The error by Bisons second baseman Luis Hernandez allowed Kipnis to come in to score, allowing the Clippers to stake themselves to a 1-0 lead.
The Clippers would be back at again offensively in the top of the sixth and again it would involve Jason Kipnis. After a one out single by Ezequiel Carrera, Kipnis came to the plate. Kipnis's second triple of the night put another run on the board, making it 2-0 in favor of Columbus. The Clippers were not done there. Chad Huffman got Kipnis home with a hit of his own. That made it 3-0 Columbus. Not to be outdone, the next batter Jerad Head increased the Columbus lead with his 6th home run of the season. So by the time the inning was over, Columbus had a comfortable 5-0 advantage over Buffalo through 5 1/2.
The Bisons were able to get a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Buffalo had runners on second and third with one out. They were only able to get one run out of the deal as Fernando Martinez came in on a Jason Botts sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.
Things got a little hairy for Clippers righthander Nick Hagadone, who had come on to relieve Barnes. A Mike Nickeas double and a Jesus Feliciano single put runners on the corners with nobody out, but Hagadone got a pitcher's best friend: a ground ball double play. A run would come into to score during that play, but that was all the Bisons would get as Hagadone got Michael Fisher to pop out to end the inning.
The very next inning, Chad Huffman would put on a power display when he came to the plate with a runner on second and one out. Huffman's two run shot would make it 7-2 Columbus in the top of the eighth.
Like the bottom of the seventh, the bottom of the eigth was no easy task for Columbus pitching. Zach Putnam, one of the more reliable arms in the Clippers, did not get off to the swiftest of starts when he came on to pitch. A Fernando Martinez single, Valentino Pascussci walk and Zach Lutz walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Putnam struck out Jason Botts for the first out. He would then get Luis Hernandez to ground into a force out as Columbus got the out at second. It allowed Martinez to score and make it 7-3. For the third time in the contest, Buffalo would only get one run out of a potentially big offensive inning as Putnam got Mike Nickeas to popout to shortstop to end the frame.
Josh Judy would come on for the Clippers in the ninth, striking out two to complete the four game sweep overe Buffalo and push the win streak to eight.
Zach McAlister will get the start on Thursday when they open a four game series with Scranton Wilkes Barre as he opposes D.J. Mitchell. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Aeros Fall To Fisher Cats, 7-2
The Akron Aeros dropped game one of a three-game series to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-2 Tuesday at Canal Park.
Travis Hafner made a rehab start for the Aeros going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Jason Donald was also in the lineup for Akron going 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Right-hander Joel Carreno picked up the win for New Hampshire tossing six innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, walking four and striking out eight.
Southpaw Kelvin De La Cruz was saddled with the loss for the Aeros lasting 3.1 innings, giving up six earned runs on three hits, walking six and striking out two.
The Aeros (31-34) scored first in the bottom of the second inning. Hafner led off with a walk. With two outs, Nick Weglarz walked and Donald followed with an RBI single scoring Hafner and giving the Aeros a 1-0 lead.
The Fisher Cats (38-25) erupted in the top of the fourth inning. Travis d