Bauer, Clippers crushed by Tides 8-1
COLUMBUS - The Columbus Clippers were crushed by the Norfolk Tides Saturday night, losing 8-1. The Tides picked up their first six runs in the first two innings, while Columbus was held to one run in the first and would not score again.
The away team struck first, steamrolling Columbus’ starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in the first inning.
Bauer let up a single followed by a walk to start the game off. Norfolk’s third batter then cleared the bases with a big fly to right field.
The Tides followed the homerun with Eric Thames drawing a walk from the shaken Bauer. That walk would come back to haunt Bauer later in the inning. After striking out two and allowing a single, Bauer gave up his fourth hit of the game bringing Thames into home to score Norfolk’s fourth run of the inning.
The Clippers offense jumped on the board immediately, attempting to close the four run gap.
Tim Fedroff led off the bottom of the first singling on a ground ball to right field. Centerfielder Ezequiel Carrera followed with a single, putting two runners on base. A passed ball by Norfolk’s starter Eddie Gamboa while Chun-Hsiu Chen was batter gave Fedroff the chance to steal third. Chen ultimately grounded out, but Fedroff made the run home to score for the Clippers.
Gamboa gave up one run off of two hits in the first, but would continue to pitch through the sixth inning. The knuckleballer only gave the Clippers one more hit during his stretch and held Columbus scoreless.
Tremie commented on Norfolk’s starter, “He threw strikes with it and when a knuckleballer throws strikes it can be a tough day for hitters.”
Bauer reentered the game in the second inning. With one out Bauer gave up his third walk of the game to Yamaico Navarro. Navarro followed up stealing second. After advancing to third on a fly ball, Navarro scored off of a single to right field.
Bauer continued to struggle against the red hot Tides. Bauer walked his fourth batter and gave up a single to Norfolk scoring their second run of the inning. Bauer ended the inning with a strikeout and the Tides up 6-1.
The right handed starter would not return to the game. “Too many pitches in two innings, just one of those days where I don’t think any benefit would have came out of sending him back out for a third inning,” Tremie said.
Bauer eventually claimed the loss, moving his record to 6-6.
Matt Langwell replaced Bauer in the third, pitching two scoreless innings, and giving up a single hit to the Tides.
Blake Wood was called in from the bullpen for the fifth inning. Wood gave up a walk followed by two singles with one out to load the bases. The Tides sent a runner home on Wood’s wild pitch. With runners on second and third, a sacrifice fly scored Norfolk’s second run of the inning.
In the sixth Columbus brought in their fourth pitcher of the game, lefty Clay Rapada.
Rapada gave up one hit in the sixth inning, but did not allow another Norfolk run. Rapada continued pitching into the seventh, but was replaced after two outs by Bryan Price who finished the inning facing a single batter.
Price allowed a double in the eighth inning, but left the runner in scoring position before any damage was done.
Vinnie Pestano entered the game to close in the ninth inning for Columbus. After starting the inning with a strikeout Pestano gave up a single followed by a walk. A second single sent a runner into home, but was thrown out by left fielder Matt Carson. Columbus’ closer gave up another single, but was once again saved by the outfield when right fielder Fedroff made the throw to home for the third out.
“Can’t say enough about Carson and Fedroff they’re down by seven runs and still playing, charging the ball, coming in, and making throws,” said Tremie.
The Clippers could not make headway in the ninth, remaining off the board.
The Tides are currently in the race for the International League wild card and Saturday night’s win put them closer to their goal.
The Clippers will return Sunday to continue their series with Norfolk. Joe Martinez will take the mound for the Clippers squaring up against the Tides’ starter Tsuyoshi Wada.