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Playoff Recaps 9/14: Talbot's gem helps even series

September 15, 2011
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Mitch Talbot (Photo: MiLB.com)

Clippers take Game 2, Series tied 1-1

A four-run eighth inning and a tremendous pitching performance by Mitch Talbot lifted the Clippers to a 4-1 victory, evening the 2011 Governors' Cup Final at 1-1.

After four innings of scoreless baseball, Lehigh Valley put the first run of the contest on the scoreboard on a Tagg Bozied solo homer to lead off the top of the fifth.

The Clippers tried to come back in the bottom of the 5th. Chad Huffman and Nick Johnson led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Juan Diaz then lay down a successful sacrifice bunt down the third base line, allowing both runners to get into scoring position. The next batter, Luke Carlin, flew out to shallow centerfield without either runner advancing. It left it all up to Argenis Reyes, who grounded out to first, wasting a golden scoring opportunity for Columbus.

The Clippers would finally get on the board in the bottom of the 8th. Juan Diaz led off the frame with a bloop single to center. After a Luke Carlin strikeout, Argenis Reyes lined a 2-2 pitch down the right field line for a double, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. After Lehigh Valley brought in left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski, Jerad Head was intentionally walked, loading the bases with one out. It brought Travis Buck to the plate and Buck put the ball in play with a fly ball to left field that was deep enough for Diaz to score from third, tying the contest 1-1. The next batter, Jared Goedert, hit a grounder that Iron Pigs shortstop Freddy Galvis stopped, but could not attempt a throw to any base, reloading the bases with two outs. While Beau Mills was batting, Zagurski delivered a wild pitch that got away from Lehigh Valley catcher Eric Kratz. The wild pitch allowed Carlin to score from third, giving Columbus the lead 2-1. That was not the end of the scoring for Columbus. Mills further aided the Clippers' offensive cause with two-run RBI single to right field, extending the Clippers advantage to 4-1.

From there, Mitch Talbot retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth and earned his second win of the 2011 IL postseason. He had an excellent night on the mound, giving up only one run on seven hits while striking out seven and walking nobody. He beat out Nate Bump for the victory, who pitched quite well, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out one and walking one.

The venue will change as the Clippers will travel to Allentown, Pennsylvania for Game 3 of the 2011 Governor's Cup Final. Veteran right-hander Joe Martinez (8-9, 4.04 ERA in 2011) will get the start for Columbus. He will oppose Lehigh Valley right-hander Dave Bush (1-2, 3.91 ERA in 2011). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Kinston loses late inning lead, game

Kinston could not outlast Frederick in game two of the Mills Cup Championship Series, falling 3-2 in a contest that closed in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

An official rain delay of three hours and seven minutes was just the beginning. Frederick managed two runs in the eighth to prevail from behind, evening the series at one game apiece. It was just the 13th time on the year that Kinston has lost a one run ballgame.

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