Rogers stymies Clippers in 2-1 loss
Columbus bats stumble against Louisville
COLUMBUS, OH- The last time Bats' starter Chad Rogers faced the Columbus Clippers, he allowed six runs. This time, a seemingly different Chad Rogers toed the rubber and shut down the Clippers in a 2-1 win for the Louisville Bats.
In the aforementioned matchup with Columbus earlier this month, Rogers was shelled by the Clippers. Allowing six runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, Rogers suffered his third loss of the season.
With Rogers again on the hill, the Clippers were looking for a repeat performance of that August 8 meeting.
That was not at all the case.
From the first pitch, Rogers was absolutely brilliant.
He started his evening by flying through the Clippers order in three perfect innings. He then walked Ezequiel Carrera to start the fourth but immediately picked him off and completed his fourth-straight one-two-three inning.
In the fifth, David Cooper broke up his no-hit bid with a leadoff single, but Rogers quickly thwarted the rally with no harm done.
After a perfect sixth and two outs in the seventh, the Clippers finally broke through.
Chen took the Rogers offering deep over the head of Billy Hamilton and onto the warning track for an RBI double that brought the Clippers within a run.
Still ahead and in line for a victory, Rogers settled in and got the final out of the inning before heading to the clubhouse to reflect on the marvelous job he had done.
Overall, Rogers finished with seven innings, three hits, one run, two walks, and four strikeouts on the evening, while picking up his fifth win of the year.
"To give him credit, he did a good job throwing the ball," said manager Chris Tremie. "He was able to locate the ball a little bit better than last time. He threw his secondary pitches for strikes more consistently tonight and we put together some pretty good at bats off of him late in the game and a couple of defensive plays by them helped out."
Upon Rogers departure, the bullpen came on and allowed the tying run to reach third base in the eighth, but held tight in the ninth to preserve the victory for Rogers.
Meanwhile on the other side of the diamond, Columbus starter Trevor Bauer struggled mightily on the evening, but was good when it counted most.
In both the second and third innings, Bauer ran into big time trouble but emerged with just a run allowed in each instance.
The second inning started with a single from Henry Rodriguez and a walk to Mike Hessman. With two on and no outs, the Bats grounded out into two-straight fielder's choices as Rodriguez came home as the game's first run. A walk and a stolen base by Emmanuel Burriss put runners on second and third with two outs, but Bauer forced the speedy Billy Hamilton into a groundout to end the inning.
The third inning started to look like it would be a disastrous one, but again Bauer got the job done with minimal damage. The inning started with three straight walks to load the bases, but a strikeout, a sac fly, and a fly out ended the huge threat with just a single run.
While he kept his team in the game, Bauer's high pitch count only allowed him to finish five innings in the start.
Bauer finished the evening with five innings, four hits, two runs, two earned, eight walks, and five strikeouts on the way to his fifth loss of the season.
After Bauer's exit, the bullpen did their jobs and put up zeros inning after inning.
It started with former Indians setup man, Vinnie Pestano, who pitched a one-two-three sixth inning on just nine pitches.
Up next was Blake Wood, who was perfect outside of a lone walk in the seventh inning.
Clay Rapada took the mound next and allowed a hit before retiring the side in order.
Finally, Matt Langwell took the hill in the ninth and it looked as if the streak of dominance from the bullpen was over.
Two straight hits started off the inning and after a sac-bunt, Langwell had runners on second and third with just one out. In an incredibly fortunate play, Rodriguez lined a shot to shortstop Juan Diaz for the second out and -- in almost the same motion -- Diaz quickly threw the ball to third baseman Justin Toole for the double play.
All in all, the bullpen pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and a walk in the process.
Unfortunately, the offense was unable to help the cause and the Clippers failed to reach .500, instead falling to 69-71 on the season.
The Clippers will head to Toledo for a two-game set with the Mudhens starting tomorrow.
Joe Martinez (3-7, 5.44) is set to toe the rubber for the Clippers, but it's unclear who will face him for the Mudhens.
First pitch from Toledo is set for 7:05 p.m.