Hermida's grand slam gives Clippers 4-0 victory
Grand Slam Propels Clippers to Opening Day Victory
INDIANAPOLIS- The Columbus Clippers started off their season on a high note, defeating the Indianapolis Indians 4-0 on opening day.
After struggling to find any kind of offense through the first seven innings, the Clippers’ bats finally came alive in the top of the eighth when designated hitter Jeremy Hermida launched a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam.
Prior to the eighth inning, Columbus was only able to muster two hits off of Indianapolis starter Andy Oliver. Vic Black came on in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh before running into trouble in the next inning.
Left fielder Cedric Hunter walked to begin the eighth inning and then moved to second after Tim Fedroff lined a single to center field. Luis Hernandez struck out in the next at bat which then brought up right fielder Matt Carson.
On the next pitch, Indianapolis catcher Tony Sanchez allowed a passed ball, advancing the runners to second and third. Black then intentionally walked Carson to load the bases and was taken out of the game.
Reliever Mike Zagurski was brought out of the bullpen to face Hermida and the rest was history. After throwing a first pitch ball, Zagurski made a mistake with his second pitch as Hermida blasted it into the right field bleachers to put the Clippers up 4-0.
That’s all the offense the Clippers would need.
Matt Langwell picked up the win for the Clippers, pitching 1.1 innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts and no earned runs. Taking the loss for the Indians was Black, who was charged with three of the four runs scored on Hermida’s grand slam.
Martinez, starting in his first game with the Clippers since earning MVP honors in the Triple-A National Championship Game against Omaha on Sept. 20, 2011, turned in a solid performance, going 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and striking out three batters.