Salazar Dazzles in Rehab Start

BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks

July 16, 2017 | Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 0 | International League (AAA)

TOLDEO, Ohio – Danny Salazar went six scoreless innings in his second rehab start at triple-A since hitting the disabled list on June 6.

The Columbus Clippers used Salazar’s fantastic start—and nine strikeouts—to shutout the Toledo Mud Hens 3-0 on Sunday at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. With the win, Columbus completed a four-game sweep of Toledo.

The Mud Hens only managed two runners in scoring position on Salazar, both moved their on walks in the first two innings. After that, Salazar faced one batter over the minimum through the next four innings.

Another rehabbing Indian for the Clippers, Austin Jackson, went 1-for-4 in his first action since a big toe injury in May.

Josh Wilson put Columbus on the board with a leadoff homer in the fifth inning against Toledo starter and No. 17 prospect for the Detroit Tigers, Myles Jaye. The Clippers added two unearned runs on Jaye in the seventh after Wilson reached on error and scored on Jackson’s single. Daniel Robertson then scored on a pass ball after Jaye was taken out of the game.

Jaye is now 1-2 at triple-A after being called up from double-A Erie where he was 1-7 with a 4.29 ERA. Drafted in the 17th round in 2010 by Toronto, Jaye hasn’t put a winning record together in the minors since he went 12-9 at double-A Birmingham.

At 50-42 the Clippers sit 1.5 games back of the Indianapolis Indians for first place in the International League West Division. They are six games back from the wild card spot.

SCOREBOARD

Columbus Clippers (50-42)   000  010  200 – 3 8 1

Toledo Mud Hens (41-50)      000  000  000 – 0 4 1

THE SERIES

7/13     Columbus 5, Toledo 3

7/14     Columbus 14, Toledo 8

7/15     Columbus 3, Toledo 0

7/16     Columbus 3, Toledo 0

PROSPECT WATCH

Columbus Clippers (CLE)

#25      Nellie Rodriguez        0/3, BB, K       Last 10: .143, 2 RBI

Toledo Mud Hens (DET)

#6        JaCoby Jones              0/4, 3 K           Last 10: .179, 2 HR, 8 R, 7 RBI

#17      Myles Jay                   6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 5 K

THE BALLPARK

Fifth Third Field was build smack-dab in the middle of down town Toledo. The stadium goes by the nickname of Hensville by the team and its fans. With the Cleveland affiliate in town many Indians fans made their way to the Tigers’ triple-A ballpark on Sunday for a sellout crowd of 10,500.

PROMOTIONS

It was Pink in the Park day in Hensville as the Mud Hens brought awareness to breast cancer. Following the game there was a slow-pitch softball battle between the Toledo Police Department and Toledo Fire Department.

NEXT STOP

Batavia Muck Dogs at Mahoning Valley Scrappers on July 17.

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