CHAMPIONS! THAT'S RIGHT!
YOUR 2010 INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION COLUMBUS CLIPPERS
Your 2010 Winners of the Governor's Cup? The Columbus Clippers! That's right, the Clippers took home the cup after last night's victory over Durham to take the series 3-to-1 and bring home their first IL title as a Cleveland Indians affiliate.
It has also been 14 years since the Clippers last took home IL gold. Manager Mike Sarbaugh got himself his second League title in two years after leading the Aeros to the Eastern League Championship.
"Those never get old," Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said of the on-field celebration. "You work all year long. To be able to celebrate at the end, to be the winner, that's what you play for. You go through 144 games and the playoffs, so to be the last one to win, I think its very rewarding."
This Jason Kipnis kid.... Guys, Gals, Readers... Oh get him up to Cleveland now. Maybe he'll help us win the rest of our games. HE IS A MONSTER!
You call him up for four games in the Championship series and he hits .389, mostly in the five hole? Where in gods green earth did this clutch son of a bitch come from?
Last night he hit for the cycle, going 4-6 with three runs scored and two RBI. Kipnis tripled, doubled, singled, and hit a 2nd inning solo home run to help power the Clippers championship win. As a team the club banged out 20 hits that led to 13 runs, but it was quite clear based off Paolo Espino's pitching performance that they didn't need all that much.
Cord Phelps had three hits and 2 RBI, Jared Goedert had three hits and three runs scored and that playoff player Jerad Head scored four times and knocked in two runs off four hits, two of them doubles.
Josh Rodriguez knocked in the most runs last night though with three hits and four RBI and he also stole a base.
Espino won his second playoff game by going six innings and giving up two runs off nine hits and a pair of walks. It was the bullpen that shut things down once again though, with the Zach Putnam and Vinnie Pestano duo pitching scoreless eighth and ninth innings to clinch it.
What a season!
This journey is far from over though. The Clippers will now get to face the Pacific Coast League Champion, whoever that may be between Tacoma (Seattle) and Memphis (St. Louis). That series to determine the overall Triple-A champion on Tuesday in a one-time televised game in Oklahoma City.
After an off day to travel to Eastlake, the Captains and LumberKings resume their Midwest League Championship series tied at 1. Brett Brach should be getting moved up to start this game which starts at 6:30 PM ET from Classic Park.