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Clippers fall 5-3 in Matsuzaka's debut

Clippers fall 5-3 in Matsuzaka's debut
April 7, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The chance of a series sweep fell short for the Columbus Clippers Saturday as they came up with their first loss of the season, losing 5-3 to the Indianapolis Indians.

The much anticipated start of Daisuke Matsuzaka lived up to hype for the first four innings, but it shortly fell off after.

Matsuzaka started off the game sending the Indians first three-up to the dugout. Matsuzaka would end up giving up his first hit of the game after 16 pitches to Indians right-fielder Jerry Sands and walk two others in the third inning.

The fourth inning ended in another three-up and three-down for Matsuzaka.

Aside from the early success from the bump, much of Thursday night was déjà vu from the Clippers early on, the bats started off slow once again.

Clippers right fielder Matt Carson drove a line drive to center for the first hit of the game for a double. Carson would end up reaching third with a wild pitch by Indianapolis Indians Pitcher Kevin McPherson. The Minor League RBI-leader, Jeremy Herimida, would end up leaving Carson stranded on third with a groundout to first base to end the inning.

The Clippers found a glimpse of success from the plate in the second inning.

After Indians pitcher Kyle McPherson hit Clippers catcher Omir Santos with a pitch, McPherson walked second baseman Matt Antonelli putting Santos in scoring position.

The situation setup Clippers designated hitter Tim Ferdoff with a RBI-single to center field scoring both Santos and Antonelli giving the Clippers an early lead 2-0 in the top of the second.

Clippers left fielder Jeremy Hermida continued his on-base streak with a triple in the third inning. After a single by third baseman Adam Abraham, Hermida headed home to send the Clippers up 3-0 after the top of the third.

The success from the Clippers in the second and third innings prompted a pitching change from the Indians bullpen at the top of the fourth. Indians pitcher Vin Mazzaro entered to end the Clippers on a 1-2-3 inning.

The fourth inning ended in another three-up and three-down for Matsuzaka.

The Indians would end up finding their bats in the fifth inning. Matsuzaka gave up three hits to the Tribe.

The first was a triple by Indians third baseman Ivan De Jesus, followed by a single by left fielder Darren Ford who sent Ivan De Jesus home. Center fielder Adam Presley then found his way to second base on a fielder's choice out putting him in position for shortstop Jordy Mercer who sent Presley home to bring to make it a 3-2 game.

Matsuzaka threw 94 pitches over five innings. He also gave up four hits total, three of which came in the fifth inning. The result of his performance ended in six strikeouts and an earned run average of 3.60.

The Clippers swapped Matsuzaka for Rob Bryson after the fifth inning, and Matsuzaka left the game throwing 56 strikes and 38 balls.

Bryson would catch an early break in the bottom of the sixth with a flyout by Felix Pie, but things went downhill from there.

Bryson proceeded to give up a double to Matt Hague and walk both Brian Jeroloman and Ivan De Jesus in 10 pitches. Clippers pitching coach Tony Arnold joined Bryson on the mound.

After one out, Indians Alex Presley hit a groundball to shortstop Juan Diaz scoring both Matt Hague and Brian Jeroloman while Ivan De Jesus reached third. The Indians took a 4-3 lead.

Bryson’s night would then end early after giving up two runs after two outs.

In the end, both the Clippers and Indians showed consistency at the bats, but the Clippers pitching fell short on Saturday. The Clippers bullpen gave up three more walks than the Indians, putting the Indians in scoring position to take the 5-3 lead.

The Clippers will take on the Indians again today 1:35 for the last game of the series.

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