Pitching, late homers give Clippers a 3-0 win
COLUMBUS- After losing three out of their last four to the Toledo Mud Hens, the Columbus Clippers were able to get a big victory on Monday morning, shutting out the Mud Hens for a 3-0 victory.
Clippers’ starter Joe Martinez had a great bounce back start after a poor outing against the Louisville Bats on Wednesday of last week.
Martinez settled down after a first inning in which he allowed three hits, and made it through five innings, allowing only a single hit and two base runners, one of which was thanks to an errant throw by Juan Diaz.
Martinez finished with six innings pitched, no earned runs, a walk and a strikeout. Unfortunately, even with his great numbers, Martinez didn’t get the win, as the Columbus bats stayed quiet until he left the game.
Columbus was finally able to get to Toledo starter Duane Below in the top of the seventh. Clippers’ first baseman Mike McDade started off the inning with a single, and was quickly replaced by pinch runner Matt Lawson. Lawson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Roberto Perez. Below was replaced after the sacrifice bunt, and Clippers’ left fielder Cedric Hunter made Toledo pay for that pitching change.
Hunter smacked a two-run home run over the wall in right center to give the Clippers a 2-0 lead after new pitcher Matt Hoffman came on for the Mud Hens.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Carson would add another run on a solo shot for the Clippers.
Reliever Preston Guilmet shut the door on the Mud Hens in the ninth to preserve the shutout, notching his fifth save of the season.
The offense continued to struggle even in victory, but the Clippers had a brilliant day on the mound.
Martinez, reliever Matt Langwell, and Guilmet combined to pitch a shutout. They allowed only five hits, and struck out five batters, only giving up two walks on the afternoon.
Langwell was able to secure his second win of the season, with his two-inning, three strikeout, one-hit performance.
The Clippers got their 9th win on the season, bringing them back up to the .500 mark, while the Mud Hens fell to 6-13. Three of Toledo’s six wins have come against the Clippers.
For Columbus, it’s on to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take on the RailRiders for a four game series in eastern Pennsylvania.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season for the Clippers, while Dellin Betances is expected to toe the rubber for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Matsuzaka is currently 0-1 for Columbus, with a 5.56 ERA. Betances is 0-2 and has an astronomical 13.50 era.
The first pitch is slated for 6:35 pm from PNC Field in Scranton.
April 22, 2013 - 11:16 PM EDT
Hayden, I think that was Langwell's 2nd win. Good article.