LaPorta looks strong in Clippers loss
Matt LaPorta homered, singled twice and drove in two runs in his first game of the season with the Clipperstonight but the Rochester Red Wingsjumped to a 6-0 lead and defeatedColumbus 7-6 in Huntington Park.
LaPorta missed the first month of the season while rehabbing his surgically repaired left hipat the Cleveland Indians extended spring training camp in Goodyear, Ariz. He was activated before the game and started at first base.
LaPorta led off the second inning with a single and added an RBI single in the third. He opened the eighth inning with his first home run of the season.
The Red Wings simply answered with more offense. They roughed up Columbus starter T.J. House for seven runs in four-plus innings.
Eric Farris led off the game with a home run against House. Rochester collected three more hits and three more runs before the inning ended. The lead jumped to 6-0 in the third when Nathan Hanson hit a two-out, two-run home run.
The Clippersreplied with two runs in the bottom of the third against P.J. Walters. Omir Santos doubled and Walters hit Ryan Rohlinger with a pitch.
Santos then scored on a two-out single by LaPorta and Cord Phelps followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 6-2.
House started the fifth inning by walking Chris Colabella. Clete Thomas doubled him to third and Scott Barnes relieved. He struck out Hanson before Ray Olmedo singled to center to score Colabello and make it 7-2.
Juan Diaz started the seventh with a single for the Clippers and rolled around to third on a Santos single. He scored when Tim Fedroff hit into a fielder’s choice. LaPorta added his home run in the eighth, his 31st in Huntington Park.
Jeremy Hermida hit a two-run homer in the ninth to cut the deficit to 7-6. But reliever Luis Perdoma got Diaz to line out to end the game with the tying run on third base.