Columbus bats fall silent in 5-1 loss
PAWTUCKET, RI – The Columbus Clippers lack of offense led them to their second loss of the series with the Pawtucket Rex Sox, falling, 5-1.
The Clippers went 7-for-33 on the game leaving 11 runners on-base and also went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position—striking out ten times as a team. The bats ultimately were the difference in the game for both clubs.
On the opposing side of the plate, the Red Sox went 10-for-33 on the night, going only 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox were led by four homeruns.
Monday night featured the Clippers first look at pitcher Toru Murata; who made his debut after being recently assigned from the Akron Aeros. Murata made the start for Trevor Bauer, who was a late scratch from the mound. The game ended with Murata’s first loss of the season in as many starts.
The righty Murata pitched six innings and gave up eight hits—including three of the four homeruns. Murata joined the Clippers Monday after left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto went on the seven-day disabled list with a lower back strain. The Clippers also added right-handed pitcher Kyle Landis from the Aeros.
The Clippers found early success in the top of the first off bad defense by the Red Sox.
The Clippers right fielder Jeremy Hermida singled on a sharp ground ball to right field allowing third basemanRyan Rohlinger to move to second. Rohlinger advanced to third after a wild pitch by Pawtucket pitcher Steven Wright, and then scored on a passed ball by catcher Ryan Lavarnway that gave the Clippers an early 1-0 lead.
From there on out, the bats of Pawtucket made all the difference.
The Rex Sox tied the game in the bottom of the second on a solo shot from Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias. The Rex Sox found the 2-1 lead off a solo homerun by right fielder Bryce Brentz in the bottom of the fourth. Brentz’ homer was followed up by another solo shot from first baseman Brandon Snyder. The back-to-back homers for the club stretched the lead to 3-1.
The Red Sox second baseman added another run off a RBI-sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the sixth and Snyder, once again, went deep for his second homerun of the game bringing the tally to 5-1.
The Red Sox rank second in the International League on the season with 25 homeruns.
Red Sox pitcher Oscar Villarreal picked up his fourth win of the season (4-2) as Clippers’ Murata found his first loss (0-1).
The Clippers will take on the Red Sox for their final game of the four-game series Tuesday at 12:05 pm.
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