Game Recaps: Thursday 5/7
The Clippers continued the recent history of struggles against the Norfolk Tides in double-header sweep Thursday afternoon, falling 5-2 and 4-3.
David Huff (4-1 4.05), pitching from behind in the count most of the day, found a way out. He allowed two runs in the first inning, but followed by retiring ten consecutive batters.
The Clippers tied the game in the third when Wes Hodges and Michael Aubrey hit back-to-back RBI singles. The offense dinged Tides starter Chris Tillman for seven hits in six innings, but Columbus couldn't string anything together against him outside the third.
The sixth inning was the difference in the game. With the score tied at two, the Clippers threatened Tillman with runners on the corners, but could not break the tie. In the bottom of the sixth, Huff walked the leadoff man and Matt Weiters doubled him home to put Norfolk ahead. After another walk, Huff left in exchange for Randy Newsome who proceeded to walk the first batter he faced. Newsom then allowed a two-run single to Mike Costanzo to make it 5-2.
Columbus loaded the bases in the seventh, but came way scoreless in a 5-2 defeat.
In the second half of the twin bill, the Tides jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring twice in the third off Frank Herrmann (0-0 6.00). Herrmann relieved starter Greg Aquino after just one inning of work.
The Clippers battled back to score three in the fourth thanks to the bottom-third of the order. After a lead-off double by Michael Aubrey and a one-out walk to Wes Hodges, Wyatt Toregas drove home Aubrey with a sacrifice fly. Cristo Arnal followed with a double and Wilson Valdez drove in two runs with a single.
Herrmann left with the lead after the fourth inning, but once again the bullpen could not seal the deal. Ryan Edell entered and quickly gave up two runs on a Scott Moore double to give the Tides the advantage. The Clippers got the tying run on base in the seventh, but could not score, falling 4-3.
Aeros split double-header
The Akron Aeros and the Altoona Curve split Thursday