Clippers held in check by RailRiders, 5-1
Columbus managed just four hits and an error in Sunday's loss
PITTSBURGH PA - Coming off the back of three wins, it might be easy to assume a team could continue their roll.
That wasn’t the case for the Columbus Clippers (65-57) on Sunday afternoon, as they recorded only four hits in a 5-1 loss against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (58-63).
RailRiders starting pitcher Nik Hurley controlled the Clippers lineup over his five and a third innings of work. He didn’t surrender a run, giving up only two hits and four walks, while his teammates produced did more than enough to get the victory.
The Clippers had the bases loaded in the second without getting a hit. But Luke Carlin struck out to end the inning, a mistake that may have changed the course of the game.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored two more in the fourth. Robert Refsnyder led off with a single, and two batters laterKyle Roller hit a two-run homer to make it 3-0.
Two more runs followed in the seventh inning as the Clippers failed to muster anything against Hurley’s replacement Nick Rumbelow.
Shaun Marcum replaced Tyler Cloyd and hit the first batter he faced. Taylor Dugas followed with a single, andFrancisco Arcia made it to third on an error. Richardson came through once again an out later, singling home Arcia.
Jose Pirela walked to load the bases, and Dugas wound up scoring on a sacrifice by Refsnyder to make it 5-0.
Edmer Escalona came to the mound in the ninth for the RailRiders, and gave up the Clippers only run of the game when Carlin doubled home James Ramsey. But he subsequently struck out Francisco Lindor and forcedElliot Johnson to line out and end the game.
The loss means the Clippers failed to sweep the four-game set with the RailRiders, but they still sit on top of the International League West Division.
Manager Christ Tremie’s bunch returns to Columbus on Monday for a four-game series against Lehigh Valley. First pitch on Monday is set for 7:05 p.m., Zach McAllister taking the hill.