Led by Jason Donald, who hit for the cycle, the Clippers pasted the Charlotte Knights 13-2.
The Clippers would get off to a fast start in the top of the first. Following a lead-off single by Tim Fedroff, Jason Donald crushed a two run bomb over the left field wall, enabling Columbus to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead.
The bats would then come alive for the Clippers in the top of the third. After a Donald triple and a Cord Phelps walk, Matt LaPorta plated a run with an RBI single to right. The very next batter, Russ Canzler, broke the contest open with a three run jack to the left field bleachers. Four batters later, Gregorio Petit added to the Clippers lead with an RBI double to left. Luke Carlin would then come in to score on a Gregory Infante wild pitch and Fedroff drove home Petit with an RBI sacrifice fly to left. By the time the inning ended, seven runs had crossed the plate, enabling Columbus to balloon their advantage over the Knights to 9-0.
Columbus would enter double digits in scoring in the top of the fourth when Jared Goedert laced an RBI single to left, scoring Trevor Crowe and augmenting the Clippers lead to 10-0. It would become 11-0 after Petit drove home Canzler with an RBI single to left field.
Amidst the offensive onslaught, Columbus right-hander Corey Kluber (W, 6-6) was flat out dominant on the mound. Kluber went 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out nine and walking three.
Donald would add on to the large Columbus lead in the top of the ninth with a two run double to center. That double extended the lead to 13-2 and put the finishing touches on a great offensive night as Donald became the first Clipper to hit for the cycle since Jason Kipnis accomplished the feat in 2010.
The Knights would get on the board in the bottom of the seventh on RBI singles by Ray Olmedo and Greg Golson, but that would be it for Charlotte. Anthony Carter (L, 2-3) was hit with the loss for Charlotte.
Columbus and Charlotte will play an afternoon affair on Wednesday. Left-hander David Huff (3-3, 4.99) will start on the mound for the Clippers. The Knights will counter with right-hander Charlie Shirek (7-3, 3.66). First pitch is scheduled for 12:15 pm.