On April 12, 2016 the Columbus Clippers finally played their first nine inning game of the season after four rainouts and two doubleheaders.
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 12, 2016
Following a quartet of rainouts and a Sunday doubleheader, the 2016 Columbus Clippers finally played their first nine-inning contest of what would be a division-winning season on day 6 of the campaign. Clippers starter T.J. House made the most of the the Columbus Nine’s maiden full contest of the season, going six innings and allowing only one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out four, leading the Clip Show to a 5-1 victory over the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) to improve their record to 2-1.
Backup left fielder Joey Butler was the offensive star of the game, driving in two of the four Clipper runs in a decisive fifth frame on the game’s only home run. The real story of the game, however, was the man Butler replaced. Indians left fielder Michael Brantley, who made his 2016 competitive debut in a rehab appearance which saw him go 1-for-2 with a double and the Clippers’ first run of the night.
Other notable players in the game included Clippers 1B Jesus Aguilar, RF Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B Gio Urshela, and SS Erik Gonzalez as well as Bats SS Jose Peraza and LF Jesse Winker. 5,008 attended a cool (53 degrees) but, thankfully, dry evening of baseball at the corner of Neil and Nationwide.