Clippers bats fall silent in Toledo
TOLEDO – One night after exploding for 13 runs on 17 hits, the Columbus Clippers (43-44) could only muster a single run on Thursday as they fell to the Toledo Mud Hens (35-52) by a final score of 6-1. This loss meant a split of the four-game series at Fifth Third Field.
The Columbus bats were silenced throughout the evening by Toledo starter Adam Wilk (4-9, 3.45 ERA), who put together an exceptional six-inning performance. Wilk only gave up one hit and three walks while striking out seven on the way to victory.
Columbus starter Jeanmar Gomez (1-1, 2.77 ERA), who was recently sent down to Columbus after spending much of the season with the Cleveland Indians, put together a fine enough performance but was ultimately hurt by a complete lack of run support. Gomez matched Wilk’s six innings of work, but he allowed four runs on six hits.
The first two Mud Hens runs came in the second inning off of a home run to left field by designated hitter John Lindsey. It was Lindsey’s second home run with Toledo, and his first also came against the Clippers this past weekend at Huntington Park.
The Toledo lead would remain 2-0 for the next three innings, as both offenses struggled to get anything going. However, the Mud Hens finally broke through and expanded their lead in the sixth inning. Back-to-back RBI singles by right fielder Matt Young and shortstop Argenis Diaz made it 4-0 Toledo going into the seventh inning.
The way the Clippers offense was performing, it was clear that these four runs would be more than enough to get the victory. The lone moment of excitement for the Columbus bats was a solo home run by right fielder Russ Canzler that cut the deficit to 4-1. Other than that, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about.
If there was still any doubt as to who would ultimately get the win, Lindsey struck again for the Mud Hens in the eighth inning with yet another two-run home run that made the score 6-1. If the Canzler homer gave the Clippers a brief moment of hope, it didn’t take long before the wind was out of their sails.
The Clippers will return home on Friday to begin a three-game series against the Indianapolis Indians at 7:05 p.m. This will be the last series for Columbus before the All-Star Break, at which point manager Mike Sarbaugh, first baseman Matt LaPorta, second baseman Cord Phelps and Canzler will all participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo, NY.