Toledo Mud Hens pile on runs late against Columbus Clippers
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The beauty of baseball is that they play every day. A bad result the previous day does not mean a bad result on that day. Fresh off scoring eight runs in the first inning of Monday night’s game, the Columbus Clippers (71-60) had it handed to them by the Toledo Mud Hens (64-67) 9-1 in front of 8,608 friendly faces at Huntington Park on Tuesday night.
“You’ve got to play one day at a time,” Clippers manager Chris Tremie echoed that sentiment. “I know it’s cliché, but that’s what you do. This game is over. You play tomorrow, tomorrow and worry about the next day, the next day.”
The Mud Hens put runs on the board in their final four at-bats to run away from Columbus. Kyle Davies (8-8, 3.91) was solid through the front five, giving up a run.
But he ran into trouble in the sixth inning. With two runners on, James McCann hit a soft liner to right. It was an in-between ball that Matt Carson tried to play on the fly, but couldn’t get there. The ball skipped away allowing a run to score and the other two to advance to second and third breaking a 1-1 tie.
Mike Hessman followed with a double to center off new pitcher Shaun Marcum that plated both runners and extended the lead to 4-1. Hessman finished with a two-run homer in the ninth and went 2-for-5 with four RBI.
“(Davies) threw the ball good,” Tremie said. “He had the one flare to right that got by and allowed the run to score and the runners to advance. Obviously the double kind of hurt a little. (Davies) got us into the sixth inning though in a really good spot.”
The Clippers offense was held to a run by Toledo starter Shawn Hill (6-5, 4.25). Matt Carson doubled to lead off the fifth inning and then scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Justin Sellers.
Otherwise, Hill kept the Clippers offense down. He gave up a run on five hits and a walk over eight innings and struck out one to get the win.
“He threw the ball well. He effectively mixed his pitches up. He kept the ball down. We helped him out a little bit at times, going out of the zone. Overall, he threw the ball well. It was just one of those nights where we didn’t do what we normally do. It’s going to happen from time to time.”
The Clippers have the opportunity to move on from this one beginning at 7:05 PM on Wednesday night when they see these same Toledo Mud Hens at Huntington Park.
OF Tyler Holt was recalled to Cleveland after they placed OF Ryan Raburn (right wrist soreness). Because rosters expand on September 1, there is a chance that Thursday night’s game marks his last appearance this season with the Clippers.
The corresponding move was the addition of RHP Shawn Armstrong to the roster. The 23 year old has been in the Indians organization since he was drafted in the 18th round of the 2011 June Amateur Draft. He has spent the year with the Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League and went 6-2 with a 2.12 ERA in 44 games covering 51 innings. He struck out 68 and walked 18.
Armstrong debuted on Tuesday and gave up a homer to Ben Guez and a single in one inning. Otherwise, he struck out the side.
INF Ryan Rohlinger (left hip flexor strain) took batting practice on Tuesday, a signal that he is not far away from being activated.
RHP Tyler Cloyd (10-7, 3.98) is scheduled to start for the Clippers in the finale against Toledo on Wednesday. His last start came against the Mud Hens in the opener of the set in Toledo on Friday. He pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight to pick up his tenth victory of the year.
He has made four starts against Toledo this season, going 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 25.2 innings. He gave up eight runs in five innings back on April 19, but since then he has a 2.17 ERA.
Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.