Clip & Dirty: 5/3
Josh Tomlin had a short, but good outing against the Syracuse Chiefs. He left in line for the win with the Clippers up 3-1 in the 6th. Handing things over to the Clippers bullpen has been a smart move for most of the season, but a combination of walks, an error followed by a singles parade in the 6th led to a 5-run outburst and a 6-3 lead that the Clippers couldn't overcome. They lost the 3rd game of the series 6-4 after taking the first two from the Chiefs.
Team Hitting: 8H, 3XBH, 1BB
The Clippers had one of those sleepy games at the plate that the Indians seem so fond of. Jason Donald stayed productive by knocking in a pair with an RBI double in the 3rd and Jose Constanza had a couple hits and a run scored. There's not much to write about offensively, save for the small fact that the Clippers only managed to get 5 balls in the air, which generally means very few XBH's and almost no chance at any HR's. The Clippers will bounce back as they have way too many good hitters to be kept down for long, but this wasn't their night.
Team Pitching: 6(5) R(ER), 7H, 4BB, 11K
Tomlin pitched well, but his leash remained short and he was pulled with 2 outs in the 6th after only 81 pitches. He threw 69% strikes and struck out six in his short outing. Carlton Smith came on and finished the inning but ran into some trouble in the 7th. After giving up a walk and a single, the freshly (and unfairly) demoted Joe Smith was inserted. He allowed Carlton's runners to score and added on 3 of his own with the help of a throwing error on an infield single and 3 additional hits allowed.
Jeremy Sowers gave the Clippers a chance to get back in the game by pitching 2 scoreless and only yielding a walk while striking out 2 and throwing 55% strikes.
The Clippers have an 11:35am start and Mike Gosling will get the spot start as he aims to get some consistency and win the 4 game series before heading off on an 8 game road trip.
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