Columbus- Beau Mills led the Columbus Clippers to a 4-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees in a Sunday afternoon battle.
The Clippers sent LHP David Huff (1-1) to the mound, making his first start since throwing a complete game shutout against the Yankees on May 8th. Scranton/WB countered with RHP Dellin Betances (2-3).
Third basemen Andy LaRoche got the Clippers on the board first in this game, with a one-out solo homerun to left field in the first inning.
In the top of the third inning, shortstop Gregorio Petit made a great backhanded play in the 5-6 hole and threw Steve Pearce out at first to end the inning for the threatening Yankees.
Taking the momentum from that defensive play, center fielder Ezequiel Carrera led the inning off with a double, then advanced to third base on a passed ball. On another passed ball by catcher Gustavo Molina, Carrera tried to take home but was thrown out at the plate on a controversial call to end the inning. Manager Mike Sarbaugh tried to plead his case to the home plate umpire, but was unsuccessful.
Sarbaugh told the umpire that, “his Carrera snuck a hand in there” but the umpire didn’t agree.
On a wild pitch committed by Betances, right fielder Chad Huffman, who was on third, crossed the plate for the Clippers second run of the game.
Four and two thirds innings was all the Yankees got out of Betances, as he was replaced by LHP Mike O’Connor.
The Clippers decided to go to their bullpen in the sixth, bringing in LHP Scott Barnes. Huff’s final pitching line was five innings, three hits, four strikeouts, and no runs given up.
First basemen Beau Mills added another run to the scoreboard in the sixth, blasting a towering solo shot that cleared the right field fence with ease.
RHP Hector Ambriz entered the game in the eighth after Barnes threw two perfect innings.
Center fielder Kevin Russo was able to get on base for the Yankees, but they were unable to execute, as they were still being shutout after eight.
Mills took O’Connor deep for his second time in two at-bats in the eighth inning, making the score 4-0 Clippers.
Beau Mills was accountable for half of the Clippers runs with the two solo homeruns.
“Those homeruns were huge, because of the runs we didn’t have to go deeper into our bullpen” Sarbaugh stressed.
Right fielder Ronnier Mustelier didn’t let the Yankees get shut out as he hit a monster homerun off the scoreboard in right field to make the score 4-1.
That was all the Yankees could produce as Ambriz shut the rest of the batters he faced to down to win the game 4-1.