Tomlin lifts Columbus to 3-0 win
Tomlin dazzles and allows just one hit across five shutout innings to lead Clippers
COLUMBUS- The Clippers shut out the Louisville Bats Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field, 3-0. A strong start by Josh Tomlin and teh Columbus bullpen kept the Bats off the board while the Clippers offense gradually added to their lead.
Tomlin pitched five innings in his first start with the Clippers since being optioned from the Cleveland Indians. Tomlin allowed one hit during his outing and fanned four batters to pick up his first win.
The Clippers jumped on the board early in the fourth inning for the first time. Right fielder Jeremy Hermida came up to bat with one out in the fourth and drilled a line drive to right field for a double. Hermida was ushered into home plate during the next at bat when first baseman David Cooper hit a ground ball bouncing out to center field.
Columbus continued to keep their lead through the next three innings and added to it in the eighth. With one out, Ezequiel Carrera singled on an infield grounder, proceeding to steal second with Tim Fedroff Batting. Fedroff drew a walk and an ensuing double steal attempt resulted in Carrera taking third and Fedroff being thrown out at second.
With two outs, Matt LaPorta came up with a clutch double, which brought Carrera home to score. Hermida followed LaPorta with his second double of the game to score LaPorta, the second run of the inning.
The Clippers kept their three-point lead for the entirety of the game thanks to a red-hot bullpen staff. Bryan Price and Matt Langwell pitched a total of three innings and both earneda hold. Nick Hagadone was called from the pen in the ninth to close and was rewarded with a save.
The Clippers' record now sits at 67-70 as they attempt to finish the season above the .500 mark.
Columbus will return to Huntington Park Wednesday night for a two-game series with the Louisville Bats.
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