Clippers fall twice to the Red Wings
ROCHESTER - The Columbus Clippers suffered two losses Monday, falling to the Rochester Red Wings in both games of a double header.
Columbus (26-31) lost the first game, 2-1, which was continued Monday afternoon after being postponed due to rain on Sunday. Rochester then went on to win a shortened, seven-inning contest, 4-0.
Left fielder Russ Canzler led the way for a struggling Columbus offense in game one, going 2-for-4. He was the only Clipper with more than one hit. Right-hander Zach McAllister had a solid start in the loss, throwing 4.1 innings—interrupted by the rain—while giving up one run and striking out four.
The struggles at the plate continued for the Clippers in game two, as Columbus managed only four hits over seven innings with just three players reaching base. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera, going 2-for-2 with a walk. Left-hander David Huff went the distance in defeat, allowing four runs on nine hits.
Both teams were unable to get much going early in game two, as neither team plated a run during the first four innings.
Rochester finally broke through with a run in the bottom of the fifth off Huff. Left fielder Wilkin Ramirez singled to begin the inning, and was brought home later in the inning on a bunt single down the third-base line.
While they didn’t need it, the Red Wings poured on three more runs in the sixth. A solo home run by Chris Parmelee and a two-run shot by Ramirez put the game squarely in hand.
When Columbus was at the plate, Liam Hendriks had his way with Clippers’ hitters. The Rochester right-hander threw a complete-game shutout, frustrating Columbus batters over seven innings of work, striking out seven and walking just one Clipper.
Columbus had more than one hitter reach base just once—in the top of the third—but that threat was ended quickly when Canzler struck out.
Only Carrera, Chad Huffman, and Gregorio Petit reached base in the 4-0 loss.
The Clippers have now lost six out of their last eight games, and have gone four-straight contests failing to score more than one run.
Columbus returns home to Huntington Park on Tuesday with an eight-game home stand. The Clippers’, trailing IL West leader Indianapolis by eight games, will look to get some momentum going, beginning with a 7:05 game against Buffalo.