Columbus wins wild affair 13-9
Win snaps seven-game losing streak for Clippers
COLUMBUS- The Columbus Clippers faced the Toledo Mudhens Tuesday night in the midst a seven-game losing streak. Thanks to an amped up offense, the streak is no more as the Clippers came out on top with a 13-9 win.
“Anytime you go through a losing streak, or a rough patch of games it’s always good to get that win and kind of get a little breath of air,” Manager Chris Tremie said.
The Clippers’ offense stole the game at Huntington Park. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera went 4-for-5 at the plate and also stole two bases. Second baseman Cord Phelps had an equally productive game, racking up four RBIs. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall also collected four RBIs.
“The offensive output we had tonight was really good for a lot of guys, to fill that little bit of momentum I think that’s big,” Tremie said.
The first half of the game looked promising for the Clippers who were staked to an 8-0 lead thanks to hot bats, and starting pitcher Danny Salazar had yet to allow a run.
However, things changed in the fifth inning. Toledo showed they would not be shut out and scored seven runs in one inning. Columbus came back and scored two more runs that inning to increase their lead 10-7. Each team scored one more time, but the Mudhens were unable to rally back against a determined Columbus.
The first inning went smoothly for Columbus after Argenis Diaz and Brandon Douglas were out at first. The third out came courtesy of starting pitcher Danny Salazar when he struck out Jordan Lennerton.
The Clippers line up came to the plate with a vengeance and took an early 3-0 lead in the first.
First up, Carrera hit a fly ball to right field to gain first. Lawson joined after pitcher Shawn Hill made an error throwing Lawson’s sacrifice bunt to first. Lonnie Chisenhall cleared the bases when he hit a long ball out to center field, which bounced The Columbus Dispatch scoreboard into the street.
Hill allowed the Clippers to run through almost their complete lineup minus Omir Santos and was only able to strike out Jeremy Hermida. Matt Carson finally ended the inning hitting a ground ball into a double play.
The Clippers’ defense was responsible for keeping the second inning scoreless after Salazar allowed three hits. Chisenhall made the throw home where Santos tagged out Danny Dorn for the third out.
Columbus’ lineup continued to flourish in the second inning, as their lead grew to 5-0. Omir Santos had his first at bat hitting a double to left field. Ezequiel Carrera turned a bunt into a single, moving Santos over to third. Carrera then stole second while teammate Lawson batted. Lawson then drew the walk to load the bases. Chisenhall came up to record his second hit of the game, a single RBI to score Santos.
Up next, Phelps hit a ball straight down the first base line for a triple, which scored teammates Carrera and Lawson. A pitching change to Robbie Weinhardt could not subdue Columbus. Weinhardt’s first batter he faced, Hermida, hit a fly ball out to center field to score Phelps from third. Weinhardt was finally able to close the inning when Chen struck out, and Tim Fedroff and Matt Carson were thrown out at first.
The third and fourth innings were scoreless for both teams. Salazar only allowed the Mudhens one hit in these two innings. Reliever Weinhardt followed suit only allowing the previously on point Columbus bats a single by Carrera during the two inning stretch.
Toledo started their comeback attempt in the fifth inning. Up first Ben Guez singled to centerfield.
After Salazar delivered a strikeout to Mike Cervenak, Bryan Holaday joined his teammate on base by hitting a double to left field to move Guez to third. With two on, Kevin Russo hit another double to left field to clear the bases. This would be the first time the Mudhens were able to get on the board.
Unfortunately, Salazar began to falter on the mound and walked Argenis Diaz. Salazar allowed the bases to become loaded with two outs, after a single hit by Jordan Lennerton.
Left-hander Scott Barnes inherited the situation and replaced Salazar on the mound. Barnes threw a wild pitch to the first batter he faced, which allowed Russo to score. Barnes continued to struggle to get comfortable walking Nick Castellanos to reload the bases. This would be a fatal mistake as Danny Dorn would step to the plate only to hit a grand slam, which brough the Mudhens within one run of tying with Columbus. Thankfully Barnes pulled it together to strikeout Ben Guez.
The Clippers came in late in the fifth to add two runs to their lead. After Carson and Santos both fly out to right, Carrera came up with a single line drive down the first base line. New pitcher Evan Reed walked the next two batters, Lawson and Chisenhall, to load the bases with two outs. Cord Phelps hit his fourth and fifth RBI of the night scoring Carrera and Lawson. Reed ended the inning striking out Jeremy Hermida, his second strikeout of the night.
Barnes kept the sixth scoreless striking out two Mudhens. With the only players to reach base being ones Barnes walked.
Toledo made their fourth pitching switch of the night in the sixth to Al Alburquerque. Alburquerque struck out Chen, only to reward Tim Fedroff with a single homerun to center field. The righty pitcher redeemed himself by striking out Carson and Santos to end the inning.
In the very next inning, Columbus made their third pitching switch of the night to Paolo Espino. Espino let up a single homerun to the second batter Nick Castellanos, before composing himself striking out Dorn and Guez.
Alburquerque started out the seventh strong by striking out Carrera and Lawson, but things took a turn for a worse when he walked Chisenhall and Phelps. Another pitching change by Toledo to Matt Hoffman would leave the Mudhens bullpen with only three more options to finish the game. Hoffman only faced one batter, Hermida. Hermida grounded into a force out at second to end the inning.
Both teams ended the eighth inning scoreless thanks to strong pitching. Espino threw his third strike out of the night to hold Toledo.
To start the bottom of the eighth, Chen grounded out for the first out, Hoffman secured the second out striking out Fedroff. Hoffman was then replaced by Brayan Villarreal, the Mudhen’s sixth pitcher of the night. Villarreal struck Carson out to end the eighth for Toledo.
Preston Guilmet overtook the mound to close in the ninth. The righty struck out two batters and allowed no hits.
Tuesday night’s win raised the Clippers record to 30-29, one win above .500.
Columbus will play one more game at home Wednesday night against the Mudhens, before making the trip to Toledo for two more games.
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