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Indians shutout Clippers 3-0

Indians shutout Clippers 3-0
April 7, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indianapolis Indians posted a 3-0 shutout against the Columbus Clippers on Sunday afternoon, splitting the series with two wins apiece to start the season.

The final tally didn’t tell the entire story Sunday as the Clippers outhit the Indians 8-7 in the game, but couldn’t get the timely hit to tilt the game into their favor. A costly error midway through the game also proved costly, and ultimately did the Indians in in a game that they could have won, which would have given them a 3-1 series win.

Indians first baseman Brandon Inge scored the winning run with homer in the first inning that gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead. An overthrow error by Yan Gomes in the fifth inning helped the Indians stretch their lead to 2-0.

Gomes lost a battle with Indians’ back-up catcher Lou Marson this spring because of his need to work on his defense. He clearly has a way to go with the glove before he’s major league ready, unless Marson’s injury speeds up the time-table for the offensive-minded catcher.

Clippers’ pitcher Fernando Nieve, making his first start of the season, also chalked up a quality start, giving up only two runs through six innings. Nieve  struck out seven Indians and racked up an ERA of 1.50 to start the year. The Clippers’ rotation is full of talented and interesting options, and Nieve is flying under a radar compared to guys like Daisuke Matsuzaka, Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber, but could be a sleeper as the season progresses.

Clippers right fielder Jeremy Hermida continued his on-base streak with a soft single to the Indians third baseman Ivan De Jesus. Hermida has gone 2-for-4 three times this season and is currently batting .417 through four games.

Clippers’ lefty reliever Scott Barnes replaced Nieves in the seventh, and promptly gave up his first hit to Matt Hague. Barnes gave up a one-out walk to Indians catcher Lucas May, putting Hague in scoring position. Indians left fielder Darren Ford then singled to stretch the lead to 3-0, before Barnes could get out of the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Yan Gomes doubled on a sharp line drive to left field, and was followed by a single by first baseman Mike McDade that moved Gomes to third with one out.

Shortstop Juan Diaz grounded to second baseman Brandon Inge to end the rally and the game on a 4-6-3 double play.

Clippers third baseman Ryan Rohlinger went 2-for-3 in the shutout loss.

The Clippers will travel to Louisville Monday night for another four-game series against the Bats. The first pitch will be thrown at 6:35 EST.

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