Clippers, Bauer beat Red Wings 5-1
Clippers starter Trevor Bauer (4-0, 1.12) lasted 7.2 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 earned run and fanning 9 Red Wings on Thursday.
COLUMBUS, OH – A four-run fifth inning lifted the Columbus Clippers to a 5-1 victory over the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night.
Clippers starter Trevor Bauer continued his impressive season retiring the game’s first eight batters.
Their offense also started strongly by getting the bases loaded in the bottom of the first. Matt Carson and David Cooper both singled, while Jesus Aguilar drew a walk loading the bases for Tim Fedroff, who entered Thursday’s game on a 22-game on-base streak. His groundball to the right side of the infield was good enough to score the game’s first run.
Bauer continued to cruise until an Andy Ciriaco error at short in the third inning allowed Rochester’s Eric Fryer to reach base with two outs. Bauer then issued his first walk, but managed to get Doug Bernier to fly out to end the inning.
Fedroff extended his streak in the home half of the third with a single, but Giovanny Urshela grounded into a fielder’s choice to leave Fedroff stranded.
Things were quiet until the fifth, when the visitors finally got on the board. After walking Dan Rohlfing, Bauer couldn’t handle a two-out grounder from Eric Fryer. Bauer paid for his error when Eric Farris drilled the second pitch of the next at bat into right, tying the game.
But the Clippers came back swiftly in the bottom of the inning, and managed to extend their winning streak to four games.
Justin Sellers and Carson led the frame off with a pair of singles, and after Cooper flied out Jesus Aguilar stepped up to the plate. The designated hitter promptly laced the first pitch into deep left, scoring both runners on his eighth double of the season.
The Clippers weren’t done there though. Urshela followed a Fedroff strikeout by blasting the ball into the left field bleachers for a two-run homer, his second in six games with Columbus.
Columbus manager Chris Tremie acknowledged how important it was to retake the lead quickly.
“Anytime you can answer after giving up a couple runs it’s nice. Just important as that
is as pitchers, once you do that, go right back out and put a shutout inning in and that’s what Trevor did and it kind of put the staple on the game.”
Bauer had to display patience to get that shutout inning when Wilkin Ramirez fouled off six straight pitches before the pitcher finally fanned him with the 13th pitch of the at-bat, and it was a sequence that impressed Bauer’s manager.
“Trevor’s a competitor. Any pitcher will get a little frustrated when [batters] are fouling that many pitches off. Hitters are just battling to stay in the count,” Tremie said. “So for him to stay focused and continue to throw strikes and go after [Wilkins] was a really good sign.”
Neither team managed a hit the rest of the way, with Bauer reasserting control down the stretch. The right-hander went seven and two-thirds, allowing just earned one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine.
Bauer improved to 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA on the season with the win, and Tremie said his pitcher has looked strong overall.
“His velocity was good tonight. He really located some pitches down in the zone well,” Tremie said. “It looked like he was doing what he wanted with the ball tonight. It’s really an exciting outing for him.”
Mark Lowe struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to finish off a victory, and improving the Clippers to two games above .500 for the first time since June 1, 2013.
Tremie said the team’s turnaround is due to solid play in each of the team’s departments.
“We’ve played really well lately. Starting pitching has been outstanding, bullpen has done a nice job,” Tremie said. “We’ve played good defense as well. And we’ve got timely hits…and that’s a formula for success.”
The Clippers are set to take on Syracuse Friday night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. at Huntington Park.