Salazar, Clippers fall to Chiefs, 5-3
Starter Danny Salazar struggled mightily recording 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB and the loss.
SYRACUSE, NY – The Columbus Clippers (22-22) hung in there, but ultimately fell in the final game of the road trip, losing to the Syracuse Chiefs (23-22) 5-3 at NBT Bank Stadium. The two teams split the four-game set, but the Clippers walk away having taken five of eight to win the season series.
It was more of the same for Danny Salazar (0-1, 16.88) in Syracuse. An inflated pitch count (70) cut short his 2014 Clippers debut. He gave up five runs over 2.2 innings on six hits and three walks (one intentional), while striking out just one.
Salazar gave up a pair of runs in the first inning to Brock Peterson, his third homer of the year, which was a two-run shot to left. The long ball spoiled a first inning Elliot Johnson homer to give the Clippers the early lead.
Salazar walked the leadoff hitter in the second and two batters later, surrendered a double to Syracuse catcher Sandy Leon to make it 3-1.
The third inning was started by a pair of singles from Steven Souza, Jr. and Peterson. Brian Goodwin brought Souza, Jr. home with a double. Salazar intentionally walked Sandy Leon a batter later, which marked the end of his short day. Vinny Pestano took over, and promptly walked in the fifth run of the game before getting out of the jam.
Both starters were out of the game by the fourth inning. An unspecified injury cut Syracuse starter Taylor Jordan’s day short after just three innings, and did not factor in the decision due to not qualifying for the minimum inning requirement. Jordan was touched up for two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one.
Tuesday would have been Tyler Cloyd’s turn in the rotation. That was before the “Great Indians Rotation Reshuffle of 2014.” Cloyd entered the game in the fifth inning and pitched four scoreless innings, finally getting his ERA under 6, closing the game at 5.70. He gave up five hits and a walk, but also struck out three.
Jordan was replaced by Daniel Strange (2-2, 6.05) in the fourth who promptly gave up a triple to right by Carlos Moncrief, who scored when the following batter Ryan Rohlinger singled to center. The triple was Moncrief’s second of the season and the sixth for the team.
Strange recovered and pitched the fifth inning to pick up the win. Left-hander Michael Gonzalez pitched the ninth to pick up his second save of the year. Luke Carlin grounded out with a man on to end the ballgame.
The Clippers will return home Thursday night after a day off to begin a new four-game series against the Durham Bulls. Kyle Davies (1-2, 3.26) is scheduled to make his fourth start, and ninth overall, with the Clippers. Davies was spot on through six innings in his last start, retiring 15 consecutive batters from the second through the sixth. He was undone in the seventh giving up three runs, and took the loss.
Durham will counter with LHP Enny Romero (2-4, 4.75). Romero has one start this season against the Clippers which was back on May 1. In that game, he gave up three runs over 5.2 innings, while taking the loss as the Clippers shutout the Bulls 3-0 behind a 95-pitch performance from Josh Tomlin.
Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.