Columbus Clippers drop two more to Indianapolis at home
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Clippers faced off against Indianapolis for a doubleheader Saturday. Both seven-inning games ended in defeat for the Clippers. The Indians shut out Columbus in game one 4-0 and pulled out a win in game two despite the Clippers’ late rally.
Down 5-1, the Clippers scored three runs with two outs in the final inning.
With two runners on, Carlos Moncrief stepped up to the plate, but he couldn't deliver, flying out to center and sealing the Clippers third loss in a row.
"Shows they didn't give up, down by four going into the bottom of the seventh inning they didn't give up and we were just something small away from tying it up," manager Chris Tremiesaid.
Josh Tomlin took the hill for game one, his first start for the season. Tomlin rolled through his first three innings, giving up one run on two hits. In the fourth Indianapolis took advantage of the righty racking up three runs and two hits, one a two-run homer. The Indians left the fourth leading 4-0.
"He went through his six innings and that's what we were looking for in his first outing," Tremie said. "He's on his way to having a good year."
After a solid fifth and sixth inning by Tomlin, southpaw Scott Barnes took the mound for Columbus. Barnes fanned one batter and didn't allow a single hit.
The Clippers may not have been able to bring anyone home in the first matchup, but they out hit Indianapolis 6-5, and ultimately stranded ten runners.
After a quick intermission, in the second game Columbus came in the first inning hot. With one out David Cooperreached first on a fielder's choice. Jesus Aguilar followed with a hard hit to center field for a double, bringing Cooper home.
Aguilar is hitting .556 so far this season, the first baseman produced four hits total Saturday.
Starting pitcher for the Indians Jake Brigham worked his way out of the inning, but the clippers held a 1-0 lead.
The Clippers lead was short lived as starting pitcher Brett Brach, gave up two unearned runs on back to back doubles, after an error by shortstop Justin Sellers. Brach followed up with two scoreless innings before being pulled from the game.
"He ended up giving up two doubles after that play, but getting through four innings, giving up only two runs, setting us up to be in the game he did a nice job," Tremie said.
Down 2-1 in the fifth, lefty Mike Zagurski took over the rubber for Columbus. Zagurski gave up one run on two walks and two hits, before escaping the inning. His command problems followed him into the sixth, where he let up two more runs off of three walks and a hit.
"It's his first outing," Tremie said. "I'm sure he'll be better the next time out, that's all part of it."
Mark Lowe entered the game to replace Zagurski. Lowe went one-and-two-thirds innings, striking out two with a single hit.
The Clippers attempted a rally in the seventh and final inning, but the late effort wasn't enough as the Clippers fell to the Indians once again.
"They're playing hard and they're hustling," Tremie said of Indianapolis.
The Clippers are set to return to Huntington Park Sunday to wrap up their series with Indianapolis. Columbus hopes to prevent a sweep in their first series of the season. The Louisville Bats are scheduled to come to town after the conclusion of the Clippers’ Indianapolis series.
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