A daily feature of Indians Baseball Insider, Around the Farm, obviously won’t be able to be produced until there are minor league games played. In its place, for the time being, a fun feature we are going to try out is This Day in Indians Minor League History. We will do some research and try to find some interesting or random box scores or information that happened in the Indians minor leagues on this particular day. We will try to make this a daily feature as long as we can find something to post other than just repeating items from the last few years to avoid too much repetitiveness. Hope you enjoy, stay well and hope we can get baseball back soon!

April 21, 2011

Columbus Clippers 19, Louisville Bats 3

This was an easy box score to stand out on This Day in Indians Minor League History. The Clippers scored 15 of their 19 runs in the games first four innings.

It’s not just the score that makes this one notable. It’s how the team got 18 of its 19 runs from RBI.

First basemen Chad Huffman, whom the Indians claimed off waivers from the Yankees in September 2010, drove in 10 runs on his own in this contest.

Here’s how Huffman drove in 10 runs.

  • One out RBI single in the first inning
  • RBI groundout in the second inning
  • Based loaded walk in the third inning
  • Three run homer in the fourth inning
  • Two run homer in the fifth
  • Two run homer in the eighth 

In total, Huffman went 4-5 with a walk, three homers, 10 RBI and five runs scored himself. 

At this point his career Huffman, a second round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2006, was on this fourth organization. He had a big day on in this game, but hit just 10 more homers all year and 48 more RBI, and ended with a .766 OPS. He played with Columbus in 2011 and 2012 before he became a minor league free agent at the end of 2012. Huffman has since moved onto St. Louis, Detroit, St. Louis again, Washington, and back to Detroit where he last played for Toledo in 2018. He played in 21 MLB games, nine for the Yankees in 2010 and 12 in 2017 for St. Louis.

Travis Buck also went 4-6 with two doubles and four RBI in the contest and Jason Kipnis drove in a pair.

Eight of those 19 runs came off of rehabbing Reds starter Johnny Cueto in just 1.2 innings pitched by him.

Zach McAlister pitched six innings allowed two runs with two strikeouts as the beneficiary of the big offensive day.

The Clippers have full highlights of this on their YouTube page.


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