This Day in Indians Minor League History – April 16, 2011 – Jason Kipnis collects three hits
April 16, 2011
7,120 fans crowded into Huntington Park on this cloudy, cool (54 degrees) Saturday afternoon for a matchup against the Clippers’ in-state rival Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). Going into the middle of the fourth inning, the fans were not happy with what they were seeing in between the lines (except those who came from Toledo or Detroit). That would soon change. The Clips tied the game in a huge half-inning highlighted by a Paul Phillips (remember him?) double and a game-tying two-run single by center fielder and leadoff hitter (overall, not in the inning) Ezequiel Carrera. The Clippers would close out with three consecutive multi-run innings in the sixth, seventh, and eighth to turn what started as an apparent Mud Hen romp into a Clippers blowout victory.
Not surprisingly, the contest saw stellar individual performances from multiple Clippers. Carrera added two more hits (including a double) and another RBI and was easily the star of the game. LF Jerad Head and some second baseman named Jason Kipnis (wonder whatever became of him) each had three hits and scored twice. Reliever Josh Judy struck out the side, albeit not in order (one hit and one walk allowed), in the top of the eighth to highlight the day on the mound.