Clippers trounced by Indians, 11-0
COLUMBUS- In retrospective, the Clippers might have wished that the downpour prior to Friday’s action would have canceled the game all together. After the hour and 15 minute rain delay, Columbus was beat up in an 11-0 routing by the Indianapolis Indians.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate demonstrated why they are the best team in the International League, dominating the Clippers on both sides of the ball.
The Indians offense obliterated Columbus pitching, scoring all their runs on an outstanding 19 hits and starter Gerrit Cole was nothing short of spectacular.
Cole (4-3, 3.25 ERA) baffled Columbus hitters all night, shutting out the Clippers on two hits with five strikeouts and a walk in his seven innings of work.
“He just threw the ball well,” manager Chris Tremie said. “You know, threw in a little bit, threw away, mixed his pitches up. He threw a lot of quality fastballs with good velocity and kept the ball down.”
The loss marked the Clippers’ second four-game skid in last eight days. Tremie said that such streaks are all a part of the growing pains a long season.
“It’s (losing streak) not any easy task but it’s part of the season,” Tremie said. “It happens every year to every team at some point in the season. It’s kind of similar to a slump or not throwing well. The biggest thing is don’t let it continue to domino and last longer than it should.”
Right-hander Joe Martinez (1-4, 6.61 ERA) had undoubtedly his worst outing of the year, getting rocked for 10 runs on 16 hits.
“He just left some pitches up and it didn’t look like he had a real good feel for his stuff tonight,” Tremie said. “He got exposed a little bit because he was up in the zone.”
But this was not an anomaly for Martinez. In fact, poor starts have been a recent trend for the 30-year-old. In his last five starts, he has allowed 36 runs- which comes out to 7.2 runs per game. If that is any indication of how the righty will continue to pitch, his days in Columbus may be numbered.
The Indians scored early and often, putting runs on the board in four of the first six innings.
In the top of the first, second Josh Harrison lead off by hitting a squibber to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall for a single. However, Chisenhall’s throw to first was off the mark and bounced all the way into the Clippers’ bullpen adjacent to right field. Harrison hustled around to third base. Two batters later, center fielder Felix Pie blooped an RBI base hit into left and first baseman Matt Hague followed by launching a homerun to that hooked around the left field foul pole to make it 3-0.
With one out in the second, right fielder Jerry Sands belted a solo homer off the top of the scoreboard in right center. Harrison smacked a one out single to right and consecutive RBI doubles by shortstop Chris d’Arnaud and Pie upped the Indians’ lead to 6-0.
Then in the top of the fourth, Pie laced his third hit of the night, a base knock to right, and followed by swiping second base. Next, Hague lined a single up the middle to give his team the 7-0 advantage.
Following back-to-back base hits by Pie and Hague put runners on first and second, third baseman Jared Goedertsmoked an RBI double in the gap in right center. After left fielder Brett Carroll struckout, righty Bryan Price came on in relief of Martinez and surrendered a double off the yellow line in right center to catcher Tony Sanchez to bring the score to 10-0.
Sanchez then slammed a solo bomb to left center off of reliever Jerry Gil in the top of the eighth to make it 11-0.
The Clippers best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the eighth inning when they had runners on second and third with two outs but second baseman Cord Phelps flew out to left field to fizzle any hopes of getting on the board.
After beginning his rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Thursday, catcher Lou Marson went 0-2 in his first game back with Columbus before being replaced by Chris Wallace in the seventh inning. Marson sustained right shoulder inflammation on April 26 while with Cleveland and was previously with the Clippers from April 16-24 rehabbing from a concussion, going 1-8 with a walk in that span.
The catcher has played in just three games for Cleveland this year and regardless of his performance with the Clippers, it is hard to imagine he will be heading back there with the emergence of Yan Gomes.
The romping drops Columbus to 29-26 and Indianapolis’ expand their league-leading record to 37-19.
The Clippers and Indians will play game two of their four-game series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 1.85 ERA) will look to stay perfect for Columbus while Indianapolis righty Brooks Brown (3-1, 4.33 ERA) searches for his fourth win of the season.