It was an absolute slugfest at Huntington Park on Wednesday night as the Columbus Clippers (30-21) took a much deserving win in their third matchup of the series against the Toledo Mud Hens (25-24) 15-11. With six homers from the Clippers and ten homers in total this game, it was truly a “Huntington Park” ball game, just one run shy of tying for most runs scored by the Clippers in Huntington Park history. 

The action got started in the second inning as Jamie Westbrook hit a three-run home run on a line drive to left field, outfielder and the leadoff man, Will Benson, could not find the ball. His home run brought in Ryan Lavarnway and Brendon Davis home to give the Mud Hens an early 3-0 lead. 

David Fry is the Guy  

While some may say David Fry has been more cold than hot at the plate recently, he started the hot streak for Columbus as he knocked one out of the park left field corner to score a two-run home run allowing Mitchell Tolman to score as well, leaving Columbus still trailing 3-2. Fry’s homer marked his eighth of the season.

With bases loaded and ready to go in the bottom of the second inning, Tyler Freeman put Columbus in the lead with a line drive to left field giving the Clippers a 5-3 lead, and marking his third homer of the 2022 season.

Thanks to Freeman’s RBI triple, Will Benson and Trenton Brooks scored along with Freeman. 

Fry wasn’t done there as he hit yet another homer, this one being a three-run shot deep into center field just beyond the 405 yard fence. His homer knocked in Bryan Lavastida and Tolman to extend the Clippers’ lead 8-3. Overall Fry went two for four, two homers, and 5 RBI in this game alone. 

Bradley is Back 

The long awaited first homer of the season happened for Bobby Bradley in the bottom of the fourth inning. On his homer fly ball to right field, this allowed Brennen and Alex Call to score. As Bradley was coming around the bases with a big smile, his teammates knew how much he needed this and were showing him support from the dugout as well. For Bradley this was a step into breaking his recent slump.

After Bradley’s homer, the atmosphere was alive and well in the ballpark, as Brennen hit a key double on a fly ball to center field allowing Mitchell Tolman, Tyler Freeman and Trenton Brooks to score, extending Columbus’ lead 14-8 in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Don’t Troll on Tolman

The homers didn’t stop there as Mitchell Tolman made big moves for Columbus with his homer on a flyball to right center field in the bottom of the sixth inning. Columbus extended their lead yet again 15-11, this was also the first time Columbus had scored without two outs already on the board. 

Over Tolman’s last eight games he hit .120 and walked only twice, and his recent slump has seen him drop out of the International League in batting and OBP. In this game alone, Tolman went 3-4,  homered, and scored four runs. 

The Columbus Clippers take the win in their third matchup in their home game series against the Mud Hens, and look to keep that a trend in their next matchup Thursday night, at 7:05. 

Velocity

LHP Kirk McCarty

1st Inning: 93, 89, 86, 92, 93, 93, 76, 92, 92, 92, 93, 82, 79

2nd Inning: 82, 82, 82, 92, 92, 89, 91, 91, 92, 92, 76, 82, 80, 92, 91, 91, 78

3rd Inning: 91, 85,  75, 73, 91, 91, 87, 85, 92, 78, 87, 82 

4th Inning: 92, 91, 88, 93, 83, 79, 85, 91, 80, 81,  91, 91, 92, 92, 78, 80, 91, 86, 91, 82 

RHP Jake Jewell

5th Inning: 82, 95, 88, 88, 87, 93, 83

LHP Tim Herrin

6th Inning: 96, 89, 82, 89, 87, 95, 95, 81, 94, 95, 81, 81, 94, 95, 93, 94, 95, 95

RHP Justin Garza

6th Inning: 96, 95, 87, 97, 96

7th Inning: 95, 96, 95, 91, 95, 84, 96, 95, 96, 95, 95

RHP Ian Gibaut

8th Inning: 97, 97, 97, 87, 97, 97, 97, 97

9th Inning: 84, 96, 96, 84, 96, 85, 96, 96, 95, 88, 85, 85, 85 

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