Clippers Gain Playoff Berth

Clippers Gain Playoff Berth

An 8-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens put the Columbus Clippers into the Triple-A International League playoffs. Columbus clinched a postseason berth and opened a 1 1/2-game lead in the West Division. That's impressive, given that the parent Cleveland Indians have been shuttling players into and out of Columbus all season. Manager Mike Sarbaugh has played a winning hand with the cards dealt to him.

The Clippers (79-61) have used 63 different players, including 30 pitchers.

In the win over Toledo, first baseman Wes Hodges gave Columbus a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single. Hodges opened the season as the Clippers' third baseman, then went to the Colorado Rockies system on waivers only to be reclaimed by Cleveland and reassigned to Columbus.

Shortstop Josh Rodriguez had and RBI double and catcher Damaso Espino a run-scoring single in the second. Both players played earlier this season at Double-A Akron.

A five-run third put it away. Runs were driven in by Hodges, Espino, DH Jared Goedert and second baseman Drew Sutton. Goedert has hit well since being brought up from Akron and Sutton has helped spark the second-half drive after being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds system.

Rodriguez (.295) and Espino (.257) each had three of the Clippers' 17 hits. Each Clippers hitter had at least one hit as the team went 7-for-18 (.389) with runners in scoring position.

Left-hander David Huff, sent down by the Indians last month, gave up five hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings. Lefty Aaron Laffey and right-hander Jess Todd, both in Cleveland earlier this year, pitched one scoreless inning apiece.

It was Rodriguez's fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He is 16-for-37 (.432) over his last 10 games. Sutton has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, going 12-for-40 (.300).

Infielder Argenis Reyes, who rejoined the Indians' farm system in midseason, has hit .347 (17-for-59) in 15 games since coming to Columbus and infielder Cord Phelps, has hit .326 (76-for-233) with 19 doubles, four triples, six homers, 31 RBI and 51 runs since being promoted from Akron on June 10.

Players currently on the Indians' roster who played for Columbus earlier this year and what the did for the Clippers:
Michael Brantley, OF, .319, 54 runs, 13-for 18 stolen bases in 67 games
Jordan Brown, OF-1B, .298, 67 RBI in 83 games
Trevor Crowe, OF, .244, 21 runs, 6-for-7 SB in 29 games
Jason Donald, INF, .277, 27 runs 10-for-12 SB in 37 games
Shelley Duncan, OF, .301, 6 HR, 34 RBI in 38 games
Chris Gimenez, C, .276, 9 HR, 32 RBI in 55 games
Matt LaPorta, 1B, .362, 5 HR, 16 RBI in 18 games
Lou Marson, C, .202, 19 runs in 37 games
Carlos Santana, C, .316, 13 HR, 51 RBI in 57 games (out for the season for Cleveland after knee surgery)
Luis Valbuena, INF, .313, 6 HR, 20 RBI in 25 games
Hector Ambriz, RHP, 0-0, 1.13 ERA in seven games
Carlos Carrasco, RHP, 10-6, 3.65 ERA in 25 games
Justin Germano, RHP, 3-2, 1 save, 3.38 ERA in 17 games
Jeanmar Gomez, RHP, 8-8, 5.20 ERA in 20 games
Frank Herrmann, RHP, 3-0, 2 saves, 0.31 ERA in 19 games.
Jensen Lewis, 2-1, 3 saves, 2.67 ERA in 24 games
Joe Smith, 2-1, 3 saves, 1.96 ERA in 20 games
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