Three-run first propels Clippers past Bisons 3-2
Pestano makes Triple-A debut in win
COLUMBUS- The Columbus Clippers defeated the Buffalo Bisons 3-2 Wednesday night by taking advantage of an early lead made in the first inning. Columbus’ pitching staff was what shined Wednesday night though with a win, two holds, and a save to show for it.
The Clippers offense came into the first inning hot, jumping on Buffalo starter Chien-Ming Wang. Tim Fedroff led off drawing a walk, followed by a single to right field courtesy of shortstop Ryan Rohlinger. Jeremy Hermida flew out to left field for the first out of the inning. Chun-Hsiu Chen succeeded Hermida coming up with a single ground ball to left field, bringing in Fedroff to score, then proceeded to second on the throw to home.
Second baseman Juan Diaz took the plate next sending a grounder into center field. Rohlinger went into home scoring Columbus’ second run, and was followed by Chen who was picked off on the attempt to score.
The Clippers weren’t done yet, with two outs Matt Carson smacked a ball deep to right field for a double, Diaz made the run home to score the third and last run of the inning.
The Clippers bats never did get hot again, with only two hits after the first inning.
Manager Chris Tremie talked about his offense saying, “It was a good start, I mean getting three runs in the first inning always helps obviously. It would have been nice to add on to that.”
After the first inning Columbus was unable to gain ground against Wang, who continued to pitch until the eighth inning.
Tremie said of the opposing team’s starting arm, “To give him credit he settled down and really pitched a solid game.”
Starter T.J. House started on the mound for the Clippers, earning his fourth win of the season. House held the Bisons through the fourth inning, allowing only three hits and striking out three batters. Buffalo showed signs of life in the fourth loading the bases with one out, but left all three runners stranded with help from the Columbus offense.
Buffalo began a slight comeback in the fifth leading off with a home run against House, but ended the inning after the three following at bats.
House faltered again in the sixth inning giving up two singles, with one of them resulting in the Bison’s second run.
Newcomer to Columbus Vinnie Pestano took over the mound in the seventh inning, sending House back to the dugout. Pestano preserved the Clippers' lead, giving up one walk and striking out one.
Preston Guilmet entered the game in the eighth, followed by Nick Hagadone in the ninth. Hagadone was thrown into a high pressure situation after the Bisons hit two singles, both followed with stolen bases. This resulted in runners on third and second with two outs. Hagadone was unfazed by the position he was in and ended the inning with a third strikeout.
“Hags (Hagadone) you know that’s a pressure situation right there that he handled very well,” Tremie said.
Pestano and Guilmet were both gifted with hold and Hagadone received his third save of the season for the second half effort.
Wednesday night’s win split the series with Buffalo 1-1, with two games remaining. Both teams will return to Huntington Park Thursday where Trevor Bauer (5-3, 3.73) and Ricky Romero (2-5, 6.01) will face off.
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