Clippers bullpen shuts out Bats 5-0
Relievers carry the day as Clippers win series
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Columbus Clippers used five pitchers to secure a 5-0 shutout win over the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night. The victory gave the Clippers the series win, 2-1.
The headline before the game was that Clippers starting pitcher to be, Corey Kluber, was recalled back up to the majors. Kluber was set to start on the mound for the Clippers on Wednesday night, but the change gave the spot-start to Clippers righty reliever Matt Langwell.
Langwell pitched the first three innings, only giving up two hits and recording three strikeouts.
The Clippers bats stayed quiet through the first third of the game. Louisville Bats pitcher Armando Galarraga had four strikeouts through the third inning—only giving up one hit in the process.
The Clippers scoreless streak of 14 innings finally came to an end in the top of the fourth.
Clippers second baseman Luis Hernandez started the inning off with a single to right field. Hernandez was followed by Clippers left fielder Matt Carson who singled on hard grounder to left field, putting Hernandez on second.
With runners in scoring position, Clippers left fielder Jeremy Hermida took the second pitch for a single to right field, scoring Hernandez. The RBI gives Hermida eight on the year—leaving him tied for second overall in the International League.
The Clippers found more runs in the top of the fourth off an RBI-single from third baseman Adam Abraham, which scored Carson from third. The Bats center fielder Billy Hamilton committed a fielding error on the play that allowed Hermida to score.
The inning gave the Clippers a 3-0 lead.
Langwell was relieved by Clippers lefty pitcher Barnes, who would pitch two innings and only give up a single hit. Barnes received the victory to bring his record to 1-0 on the year. Capps also have a positive outing through the sixth and seventh inning, only giving up one hit to the six batters he faced.
Clippers shortstop Juan Diaz helped extend the lead in the top of the eighth. After two walks by Bats pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa, Hernandez doubled a fly ball to center scoring both Hermida and Abraham and bringing the lead to 5-0.
Clippers pitcher Price found himself in a jam in the eighth, hitting two batters and walking another with two outs. Price was relieved by Guilmet, who struck out the final batter and went on to pitch a scoreless ninth.
Guilmet picked up his first save of the season and gave the Clippers a 4-3 road trip to begin the season. Galarraga took his first loss of the season for Louisville—putting his record at 1-1.
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