The Sports Page: Crew and Clippers Week in Review
Columbus Crew Week in Review:
Four hundred fourteen minutes of soccer. Six hours and 54 minutes in real time. That’s like watching 18.8 episodes of Seinfeld consecutively. That’s also the length of Columbus Crew keeper William Hesmer’s shutout streak that came to an end Saturday against Toronto FC. Though he allowed a goal, the Crew still escaped the Great White North with a 1-1 draw.
The Crew came close to a score in the 35th minute when a shot from striker Robbie Rodgers sailed wide left of the goal. In the 41st minute, four minutes after receiving a yellow card, Toronto FC forward Tony Tchani bested Hesmer to give the home team the lead. However, in celebrating the goal, Tchani hurdled the partition separating the fans from the field so he could commiserate with the home crowd. Referee David Gantar did not appreciate this gesture and handed Tchani his second yellow card which ejected him from the match. The Crew responded quickly. A centering pass from Dilly Duka was headed by Emilio Renteria past the Toronto keeper for the equalizer.
The draw continued Columbus’ mastery over Toronto FC. The Black and Gold have never lost to Toronto, holding a 5-0-7 record in twelve meetings for the Trillium Cup. The Crew now boasts a 2-1-3 record which means they have 9 points and are in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference. They return to Columbus for their first ever game against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. William Hesmer’s current shutout streak: 49 minutes and counting.
Columbus Clippers Week in Review:
Though scheduled for seven games this past week, the rains kept the Clippers off the field twice. They posted a 3-2 record in the five games they actually played. The Clips were shelled by Toledo, took two out of three from Louisville, and won their only game against Indianapolis. They outscored opponents 36-24 in that stretch, highlighted by a 19-3 spanking of the Bats on Thursday. Right fielder Jared Head paces all Clippers with a .375 average and three round trippers while fellow outfielder Chad Huffman holds the RBI edge with 14.
Hurler Alex White continues to impress, allowing only 4 earned runs in 18 innings of work along with twenty strikeouts. With the Cleveland Indians dealing with a few injured pitchers, White may soon hear his name called from the big league club.
Columbus’ record so far is 11-5 and the club stands a half game behind Louisville in the West Division. They play seven games in the next seven days starting with a doubleheader against Indianapolis on Monday.
Corey Barnes is a third year at The Ohio State University studying business. He hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has a profound understanding of sports suffering and mediocrity. In addition to this column, he also writes sports things atbuckeyenerd.tumblr.com and can be followed on The Twitter @Corey_Barnes.
Columbus Crew game photos from thecrew.com.
Columbus Clippers game photos from clippersbaseball.com.