Image Credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

Columbus Clippers 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 

The Clippers had a few fumbles, but pulled off the win late with a walkoff homer in the ninth. 

The Columbus Clippers (32-21) scored first against the Toledo Mud Hens (25-26). Trenton Brooks then drove him in David Fry with an RBI double to start the scoring. 

Once the inning turned over it was not long until the Mud Hens retaliated in the fifth. Their first hitter, Jamie Westbrook, homered on a fly ball to left field. An inning later, in the sixth, Austin Meadows, rehabbing for the Tigers (vertigo) followed with a home run on the first pitch he saw.

In the eighth, Jose Fermin walked and went to third on  Will Benson’s doub,e and Benson scored on Tyler Freeman’s fielders choice.

Alex Call’s single and Bryan Lavastida’s double set up David Fry for the walkoff homer in the ninth to walk it off and complete the comeback.

Velocity 

RHP Peyton Battenfield 

1st inning 92, 91, 92,92,92, 92, 89, 78, 91,92,92, 92, 91,82, 83, 93 

2nd inning 91, 92, 83, 92, 92, 92, 79, 82, 94, 84,92, 84, 84, 92,92, 93, 93, 91, 93, 91, 88, 92, 89

3rd inning 90, 91, 88,91, 84, 85, 91, 92, 92, 92,91, 84, 78, 93

4th inning- 84, 91, 91,93, 85, 84, 92

5th inning, 91, 91, 92, 85, 91, 91, 85,86, 91, 79, 87, 92, 84, 84

6th inning – 93,85, 86, 90, 86,80,78,94, 90, 93, 92, 79

RHP Thomas Ponticelli

6th inning- 90,90,91

7th inning – 90, 90,  91, 91, 88, 91, 80, 89, 89, 93, 82, 81, 81, 81

RHP James Karinchak 

8th inning- 95, 95, 95, 89, 89, 96,81, 95, 94, 95, 95, 95, 94, 95, 82, 80,82, 95

LHP Alex Young

8th inning- 86, 83, 92, 91, 93, 91, 91, 82, 83, 87

9th inning- 91,83,84,81, 91, 82, 92, 91, 85, 85, 85

Columbus’ Pitcher’s Mound Saw Fresh Arms

Peyton Battenfield, who entered the game with 47 hits in the 55 innings he pitched, walked his first batter. Thankfully, no runs came of it after a Clippers double play that got the base runner out at second. Battenfield held the Mud Hens to four innings scoreless. Ponticelli had a pickoff but also walked in a run. He walked a player at the top of the seventh inning. James Karinchak had a hard time throwing strikes with his fastball but was better with the curve. Alex Young held them scoreless once he came in at the top of the ninth. 

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