Mudhens shutout Clippers 6-0
Clippers lose third straight game; marks sixth time team has been shutout this year
TOLEDO- The Columbus Clippers fell 6-0 to the Toldeo Mudhens at Fifth Third Field Friday en route to a third straight loss. This was the sixth time this season Columbus has fallen victim to a shutout.
The Clippers finally snapped their seven-game losing streak Tuesday night, after beating the Toledo Mudhens at Huntington Park. Unfortunately, Columbus seems to have fallen back into their slump losing the next three to Toledo.
The Mudhens started Pat Misch on the mound. Misch pitched six scoreless innings, struck out five, and only allowed five hits. Even Columbus’ power hitters couldn’t get into the game. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera and second baseman Cord Phelps went 0-for-3 in their at-bats against Misch.
It was evident Columbus starter TJ House was in for a struggle in the first inning. House walked two in the first inning before escaping the inning scoreless.
House would not be so lucky come the second inning. The Mudhens hit two singles before the first out of the inning, and the next hit by Argenis Diaz scored teammate Mike Cervanek. In the next play, a sacrifice fly scored Toledo’s second run of the game. After a coaching visit to the mound, House ended the inning.
Things looked promising for Columbus’ defense in the third through fifth innings as House only allowed three hits during the stretch. The Clippers’ offense continued to be shut out by strong pitching, Misch only gave up one hit during the three uneventful innings.
There was finally life in the sixth inning when Lonnie Chisenhall hit a triple with two outs, this was the second time in the game Chisenhall made his way to third. No other Clipper made it past second during the game.
Toledo furthered their lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning. After the inning started with a fly out, Diaz stepped up to the plate and hit a triple off of House. House then gave up a single, which scored Diaz.
Both teams chose to make calls to the bullpen in the seventh inning. House was sent packing after starting the inning with two walks, and righty Cole Cook came in for relief. Cook was promoted the same day from double-A Akron. After a single and a double hit off of Cook, the Mudhens increased their lead by three more runs. Cook ended the inning soon after the burst of runs.
Cook continued to pitch through the eighth and held Toledo to their 6-0 lead. Even after two pitching changes in the seventh and again in the ninth inning by Toledo, Columbus couldn’t get their bats hot and never scored.
Columbus has lost 14 of the past 16 games they’ve played. The Clippers’ record has struggled as of late and is currently two games below .500. Even after their recent struggles, Columbus remains in second place in the International League West standings.
Columbus will head to Gwinnett for a four-game away stand. Indians top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer will take the mound for the Clippers Saturday night against the Braves.
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