Gomez, Clippers shut out the Bulls
DURHAM – The Columbus Clippers (63-56) continued their streak of defensive battles on Wednesday night as they defeated the Durham Bulls (56-63) by a final score of 3-0. It marked the third time in the last six games that the Clippers have shut out their opponent.
Columbus starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez (6-2, 2.59 ERA) had a dominant night, as he went eight innings and allowed just five hits and zero walks while striking out five. Since joining the Clippers in June he has been a large part of their turnaround, and he’s tossed three shutouts in that time.
Not only did Gomez keep the Bulls from coming home; he kept the Bulls from even getting close. Durham left only four combined runners on base throughout the night, and they only had two total at-bats with runners in scoring position.
On the offensive side, the Clippers were unspectacular but more than good enough considering Gomez’s efforts on the mound. They struck for a run in the first inning on an RBI ground out by left fielder Vinny Rottino, and that alone would have been enough.
Fortunately they tacked on a couple more in the sixth inning to give Gomez some insurance. Designated hitter Matt LaPorta brought a run in with an RBI single to center that made it 2-0, and a few batters later shortstop Gregorio Petit hit an RBI single of his own that brought LaPorta in and gave his team a 3-0 lead.
The Clippers took this lead into the ninth inning, and reliever Dan Wheeler threw a one-hit inning to close out the game. It was his second save of the year.
Despite a rather strong performance, Durham starting pitcher Alex Colome (0-1, 2.25 ERA) wound up getting a loss on the night. He allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings of work. While it didn’t end the way he would have liked, it was still a very strong game considering it was just his second start for the Bulls this season. Most impressively, he was able to strike out seven in his time on the mound.
Durham also got three innings of terrific work from their bullpen that kept the game in reach. Reliever Ryan Reid allowed one hit and two walks in two innings, and Jim Paduch came out in the ninth and pitched a perfect frame.
The Clippers will close out their series in Durham on Thursday night with a contest beginning at 7:05 p.m.