Even though the Columbus Clippers have one of the worst records in the International League, and the worst overall in the IL West, their fans have a huge amount of pride in the team. They are proud that they have had several Player of the Weeks on the team. They are proud of the fact that they had three players in the All-Star game. Most recently, Clippers fans are proud that their ballpark, Huntington Park, was named the best new ballpark in America, beating our even the new Yankee Stadium.
To show their pride, another 9,000+ fans packed into the park. This continues their record as the highest (by percentage of total seats) attendance of any park in the nation. From all over Columbus, all ages and walks of life came to watch their team play. They came to watch a great game of baseball, to see some amazing plays, and to see the Clippers dominate. They were not disappointed.
While the fans wanted to see the Clippers dominate, the Indianapolis Indians started the game off strong. In the first inning, the Indians managed to combine for three runs, with some decent hits and amazing base running. The Clippers managed to score one in the first themselves, but they couldn't create the momentum that the Indians did. After the initial scoring, both sides were stagnated, as a pitchers' duel emerged.
Finally, in the fifth inning, the Clippers were able to crack the brick wall of the Indianapolis Indians' defense. With a series of singles, walks, and stolen bases, the Clippers managed to round the bases five times, including Jason Donald's third of the night, which is quite impressive. The most exciting of these was when Wes Hodges' stolen base forced an error, allowing him to advance to third and scoring Tony Graffanino. After scoring these runs, the Clippers were able to hold on for the win, 7-6.