Despite a three-run ninth inning of their own on Saturday, similar to that done by the parent Cleveland Indians in Anaheim, the Columbus Clippers fell short in a 15-12 slugfest loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Huntington Park.
The Clippers saw three-hit games from Ronny Rodriguez, Jesus Aguilar, and Collin Cowgill and had 16 hits as a team, but the New York Yankees affiliate tagged Ross Detwiler for eight runs and reliever Austin Adams for six. Former Indians player Nick Swisher was a leading charge in the RailRiders offense, going 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, and four runs scored in the two hole.
Columbus is now an even 6-6 for the month of June, but has lost three straight. They took three of four last weekend from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and won three of five against the Indianapolis Indians during the week, including a split in their doubleheader on June 9. The RailRiders have bested the Clippers in the first two games of their weekend set to drop Columbus to 35-28. They still hold a two and a half game lead on Indianapolis in the International League West.
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It has been a well-travelled career for Indians pitcher Jarrett Grube.
The 34-year-old right-hander has logged some mileage throughout his dozen years in professional baseball that included one game of MLB action in 2014. Six of those seasons have taken him into foreign winter leagues, while parts of two more seasons were spent in Independent League action. Last season took him to play for the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League before he found his way back into the professional circuit on a minor league deal with the Indians to play for the Columbus Clippers.
It was back in the minors that Grube found strong success on the mound and his presence in the Clippers rotation helped guide the team into the International League playoffs.