Clippers earn pair of 3-1 wins
ROCHESTER, NY – The Columbus Clippers took two games against the Rochester Red Wings in a doubleheader Saturday—taking a 2-0 lead in the series with their third game tomorrow.
The doubleheader victories, both 3-1 apiece, showcased the consistent and inconsistent batting the Clipper faithful have witnessed all season. The first game featured a lack of batting and great pitching, while the second game was highlighted by success from the plate.
The Clippers’ took game one from the Red Wings despite going 5-for-31 from the plate and 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
It was the Red Wings who drew first blood in the bottom of the second. Right Fielder Brian Dinkelman gave the Red Wings the early 1-0 lead with a solo shot to right field for his second long ball of the year.
The Red Wings didn’t find much more offensively for the rest of the game. After the homer by Dinkelman in the second, the team only managed four hits for the rest of the game—going 6-for-34 in whole.
The Clippers’ added their first run of the game in the top of the sixth after two walks by Red Wings lefty Caleb Thielbar. Clippers’ first baseman Matt LaPorta continued his hot streak bringing home right fielder Ezquiel Carrera on an RBI-single to left field to tie game at 1-1.
LaPorta has eight RBIs through the eight games he has played this season.
The Clippers’ would take the lead and add an insurance run on a fielding error by left fielder Chris Herrmann to take the 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth. After a scoreless bottom half, the Clippers’ took the victory.
The Clippers’ bullpen played outstanding in the first game of the double header. Clippers’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco went five innings only giving up four hits and one earned run—Carrasco winded seven batters.
It was Clippers’ reliever Jerry Gil who would pick up the win. Gil pitched two innings striking out one batter and giving up no runs. Gil is 4-0 on the season.
Clippers’ closer Preston Guilmet picked up his eleventh save of the season.
The second game of the doubleheader was a makeup of the postponed game the night before due to weather.
The Clippers’ bats started off very slow—only managing to grab two hits after fiving innings of play. It would be the Red Wings who put the first run on the board in the bottom half of the fifth.
A throwing error by Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz advanced Red Wings center fielder Joe Benson on a fielding error that would put him in scoring position. First baseman Chris Colaballo would bring Benson home on his tenth double of the season.
The Clippers’ bats finally came alive in the sixth inning. The team register five hits in their last two innings of play.
The sixth inning featured three hits by LaPorta, right fielder Matt Carson and third baseman Adam Abraham that would score two runs. A fielding error by the Red Wings defense helped advance runners in the midst of the inning.
Clippers’ right-handed pitcher Toru Murata started on the mound, pitching four innings and allowing 6 hits.
Clippers’ righty Fernando Nieve took the win as he moves to 3-1 on the season.
The Clippers will take on the Red Wings at 1:05 tomorrow for the third game of the series.