Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scores and Highlights from 9/9

Columbus Clippers 5, Durham Bulls 2 (International League Semi-Finals: Game Three)
The Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs after being swept by the Clippers following Friday's loss in game three. The Clippers took the lead by scoring twice in the second inning. The Bulls cut the lead in half by scoring in the top of the third inning on an RBI double by Tim Beckham. But the Clippers matched the run by scoring in the bottom half of the third. The Bulls pulled within a run of the lead by scoring in the fifth. John Matulia drove home Leslie Anderson for the Bulls second run of the night. The Clippers posted two insurance runs in the eighth to earn the win and sweep the series. Despite matching the Clippers in hits, the Bulls could not convert those hits into runs as they suffered the loss. Four Bulls had multi-hit games including Stephen Vogt (3-4 with a double), Beckham (2-4, double, RBI), Anderson (2-3) and Robinson Chirinos (2-4, 2 doubles). Alex Torres suffered the loss for the Bulls. Matt Bush chipped in with a no-hit inning with 2 strikeouts and a walk.

Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1 (Midwest League Eastern Division Semi-Finals: Game Two)
The quest for the Hot Rods to pick up their first playoff win will have to wait another year as they fell to the Tin Caps 5-1 and were swept in the opening round of the playoffs. The Hot Rods were held scoreless until the ninth inning while the Tin Caps posted five unanswered runs to the scoreboard. The lone Hot Rods run came in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Phil Wunderlich. Victor Mateo suffered the loss for the Hot Rods. The Hot Rods dropped the series 0-2 and have been eliminated from the playoffs.


  1. The positive for the Hot Rods was their first winning season and a trip to the playoffs. The negative is they lost their last 6 games and 7 of their last 8. When they make the playoffs again I hope they get in with a strong 2nd half performance. They didn't play good baseball down the stretch.

  2. Now that the Bulls have been eliminated, do you think Tampa might call any players up to the majors?

  3. Maddon said after the game yesterday 1 or 2 guys should get called up immediately and more possibly. Also that Moore will probably get called up but not right away (probably a couple days, he just pitched anyway).

    I think DDLR and a Catcher (hopefully Ashley) will come up right away and maybe Canzler and than Moore and possibly Torres when they are ready to pitch.