Clippers drubbed by Mud Hens, lose 9-2
TOLEDO, OH – Sometimes you’re the bug. Sometimes you’re the windshield. The Columbus Clippers (70-59) played the role of bug on Sunday night, dropping the finale of the three game with the Toledo Mud Hens (63-66) at Fifth Third Field 9-2.
Toru Murata (2-3, 5.91) could not keep the Toledo offense at bay. He got through the first inning unscathed, but was not so fortunate afterwards. Jordan Lennerton hit a two run single in the second to give Toledo the early lead.
Columbus came back to tie it in the third with a RBI double by Luke Carlin and later in the inning, a run scoring single off the bat of Giovanny Urshela. But the Clippers could not take further advantage of a bases loaded situation.
With new life, Murata struggled. He gave up a leadoff homer to Brandon Douglas en route to a four run third inning that put the game firmly in the control of the Mud Hens. Andy Dirks, Tyler Collins and Jordan Lennerton all doubled in the inning with Collins and Lennerton’s both producing runs.
Tyler Collins added another RBI hit in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-2. Jordan Lennerton homered to lead off the fifth. The ninth run to score off Murata came after he had been replaced by Tyler Sturdavant, who gave up an RBI single to Hernan Perez.
Meanwhile, the Clippers offense went stagnant in the middle innings, producing just one hit in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings against Toledo starter Kyle Lobstein (9-11, 4.07). He held the Clippers to two runs on five hits and a pair of walks with seven strikeouts over six innings to get the win.
The Clippers and the Mud Hens resume action together on Monday, changing venues however. First pitch from Huntington Park is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
1B Jesus Aguilar was out of the lineup for a second straight day.
James Ramsey had a hit in three at-bats, which extended his streak to seven games (.462).
DH Luke Carlin also extended his hitting streak to seven games (.474) and also drove in a run for the second straight game.
RHP Gabriel Arias (6-2, 4.65) looks for a better outing after going two innings and giving up four runs (one earned) last Wednesday against Lehigh Valley. This will be his first start against Toledo.
Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.