The Columbus Clippers (Triple-A affiliate to the Cleveland Indians) are up two games to one in Governor's Cup Finals the championship series for the International League, in which they're facing off against the Indianapolis Indians (affiliate to the Pittsburgh Pirates). It's a best-of-five series, which means the Clippers have a chance to win the title when the two teams face off Friday night (7:15 ET) at Indianapolis' Victory Field.
The Clippers won the first two games (with Game 2 ending on a tremendous catch by Tyler Holt), then lost Game 3 despite Zach Walters hitting for the cycle. Unfortunately, after collecting his fourth hit, Walters injured his shoulder on a slide at home plate. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but his availability for the rest of the series is certainly in question.
The Clippers will send Jarrett Grube (a 33-year-old righty) to the mound as their Game 4 starter. Grube joined the Clippers earlier this season (coming from a brief stint in the Mexican League), and has been dynamite, going 9-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 79.2 innings.
Grube will be opposed by Chad Kuhl, a 23-year-old righty who had an excellent season in Double-A, and was promoted for the postseason.
A victory for the Clippers would clinch their 10th International League championship, and their 3rd since becoming the Tribe's Triple-A affiliate in 2009. (They won it in 2010 and 2011.) A loss would lead to a Game 5 on Saturday in Indianapolis.