House struggles in Columbus return, Clippers lose 8-4
NORFOLK- The Columbus Clippers fell to the Norfolk Tides Friday night, 8-4. Even after a late rally in the ninth the Clippers could not come up with enough to make up for their early deficit to Norfolk.
TJ House started on the mound for Columbus for his first start back since being sent down from Cleveland. House pitched a shaky two innings walking one batter, hitting a Norfolk batter with a pitch, and allowing four hits. However, House did not allow a run in either inning.
In the third inning Norfolk took the lead scoring five runs. After House gave up two singles, he loaded the bases with a walk. With only one out another single scored the Tides their first two runs. A double immediately afterwards gave Norfolk a third run. One final hit by Brandon Waring scored the final two runs of the inning, giving the Tides a 5-0 lead. This inning was enough to earn House his eighth loss of the season.
Columbus followed in the top of the fourth with a single run that Chun-Hsiu Chen was responsible for. Chen led off the inning with a home run to left field, scoring the Clippers their first run.
House continued to pitch through the fourth and a fraction of the fifth inning, giving up no more runs to the Tides.
Benny Suarez was called in to finish the fifth and pitch through the sixth. Suarez struck out three during his outing, giving up one hit, and holding Norfolk scoreless.
Suarez was replaced in the seventh inning by Scott Barnes. The first batter Barnes faced, Zelous Wheeler, hit his fifth home run of the season. Barnes then walked one batter, escaping the inning soon after.
Barnes continued pitching in the eighth inning, but was replaced after allowing two hits and walking one batter to load the bases.
Clay Rapada took the mound and inherited the situation. A single to center field scored the first run of the inning. After striking out one batter, Rapada walked the next scoring the second run. The Tides’ Chris Snyder stepped up to the plate next grounding into a force out to end the inning.
The Clippers returned to scoring in the ninth inning attempting to steal the lead from Norfolk. Chen started the inning with a single to second base, his third hit of the night. Jeremy Hermida followed lining out for the first out of the inning. Juan Diaz sent a single to left field, joining Chen on the bases. Center fielder Matt Carson brought them both in with a home run to left field. Matt Lawson followed reaching first on a line drive with two outs, but was left on base when catcher Roberto Perez grounded out to the shortstop.
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