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Carrasco's struggles too much for Clippers to overcome

Mudhens hammer Carrasco as Columbus falls 6-2

Carrasco's struggles too much for Clippers to overcome
August 4, 2013
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TOLEDO - The Columbus Clippers fell to the Toledo Mudhens Sunday evening, 6-2. The Clippers bullpen held Toledo, but the damage was already done and Columbus’ offense was unable to make up the deficit.

Carlos Carrasco took the mound for Columbus, resulting in his first loss of the season. Carrasco surrendered a total of six runs off of eight hits during his five innings.

After the Mudhen’s burst of offense in the second inning, the Clippers refused to be shut-out scoring their first run in the fourth inning. Jeremy Hermida led off with a hard hit to right field, followed by first baseman Matt Laporta hitting a soft ball to center field moving Hermida to third. Laporta is with the Clippers on a major league rehab assignment. Juan Diaz came up with his only hit of the game, a line drive to right field scoring Hermida. Three quick outs allowed Toledo to escape the inning still up, 4-1.

Carrasco didn’t do Columbus’ offense any favors. After the Clippers were able to get on the board early in the fourth, Toledo furthered their lead. Carrasco served up four hits in the bottom of the fourth, and hit one batter with a pitch. The Mudhens were able to plate two runs during the right hander’s struggle in the fourth.

Columbus’ batters stayed hot for the fifth inning. Tim Fedroff sent a ground ball to center field for one of his two hits of the game. Left fielder Chun-Hsiu Chen followed up with a double, putting runners on second and third. Hermida put a sacrifice fly in the air, scoring Fedroff for the Clippers second run of the game.

The Clippers struggled to get on the board again after the fifth inning as did the Mudhens thanks to Columbus’ reliable bullpen. Bryan Price took over the mound in the sixth inning, pitching two innings and giving up one hit. Blake Wood also made an appearance in the eighth inning, striking out two, with no hits or runs.

Although the bullpen kept Toledo off the board, the damage had been done and the Clippers received the loss for Sunday.

Columbus will play one more game at Fifth Third Field before returning home to Huntington Park. The Clippers will continue to face the Mudhens while in Columbus Tuesday.

Columbus still continues to sit in the third seat of the International League West standings, three games under second place Louisville.

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