Late comeback not enough as Clippers drop to Red Wings
Clippers lose by one, despite recording six hits and allowing eleven.
ROCHESTER, NY – It was a classic case of too little, too late on Thursday afternoon for the slumping Columbus Clippers.
Despite scoring four runs in the eighth inning, the Clippers (20-19) fell to the Rochester Red Wings (19-20) by a score of 5-4, the team’s third-straight loss and fourth in five games.
Just like they had on Wednesday, the hometown Red Wings started strong as their first three batters all reached with singles against Columbus starter Travis Cloyd. Their fourth batter was third baseman Deibison Romero, and he wasted no time in making an impact by smacking the second pitch of the at-bat into left field for a grand slam.
The homer was the eighth given up by Cloyd this season, the highest mark in the International League.
It was 5-0 in the fifth when Chris Hermann doubled home Oswaldo Arcia.
While Rochester got off to a hot start, the Clippers bats remained cold. Red Wings starting pitcher Alex Meyer pitched five innings of no-hit baseball highlighted by seven strikeouts. Four walks were the only blemishes on his record.
Then, with David Cooper and George Kottaras on first and second, Ryan Rohlinger grounded into a fielder’s choice. Cooper was forced out at third, but a throwing error by Romero as he tried to double up Rohlinger at first left the Clippers with runners on second and third.
In the ninth, Carson drew a one-out walk, but when the umpires concluded that Cooper struck out on a check swing, Clippers manager Chris Tremie came out to argue the call, and was subsequently ejected. Giovanny Urshela then struck out swinging to end the game.
The Clippers will look to avoid the sweep on Friday as they take on the Red Wings at 7:05 PM.