Bauer uneven in 4-1 Clippers loss
Bauer pitches six innings but is doomed by home run ball
COLUMBUS- The Toledo Mudhens dropped the Clippers by earning a 4-1 victory Tuesday.
It was a home run derby at Huntington Park as home runs were responsible for all five runs scored.
Trevor Bauer took the mound for Columbus Tuesday night, pitching six innings total. Bauer received his fifth loss of the season for his efforts, which evened his record at 5-5.
Manager Chris Tremie reflected on the start, “He threw some down and got some up and in too. It was an improvement from his last outing and more efficient too.”
Bauer started the game with a scare in the first inning coming as he was just inches away from being struck in the head. Bauer was able to get his glove up to block a line drive and stayed in the game pitching two scoreless innings after a quick pause.
The visitors struck first in the third inning against Bauer. With two outs and a walk, Bauer let up a two-run homer right over the Huntington Park painted on the center field wall. A strikeout by Bauer then ended the inning with the Mudhens up, 2-0.
While the Clippers had yet to reach base, Toledo stayed hot in the fourth. The Mudhen’s Ben Guez led off the inning with a home run to center field, stretching Toledo’s lead to 3-0.
Columbus struggled to get on base until the fifth inning. Chun-Hsiu Chen was the first to reach, drawing a walk from Alvarez. Shortstop Juan Diaz followed with a bloop to center field, putting runners on first and second. Columbus ultimately left both runners on base.
Both teams left the sixth inning quietly with no runs. In the seventh inning, Bauer let up a single followed by a walk with one out, triggering the call to the bullpen for Bryan Price. Price only faced Mudhen’s batter Nick Castellanos, who hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Clippers’ offense showed life late in the seventh, scoring their first and only run of the night. Matt LaPorta who rejoined the Clippers August third, led off the inning with a home run to the right field bleachers.
Matt Carson then came up with his first hit of the night, a single with two outs. Second baseman Nate Spearsfollowed with a hard line drive down the left field line for a double. The Mudhen’s were able to beat Carson to home for the third out, stranding Carson at second.
Tremie commented on the final play, “That was probably the turning point in the game.”
Price continued pitching in the eighth, fanning three batters. Price also gave up Toledo’s third homerun of the game with one out in the eighth.
Price finished the game pitching in the ninth and would only face three batters.
Columbus’ record has weakened as the season continued, falling to 56-63 after their most recent loss. The Clippers have not been at .500 since June fifth.
After going 2-1 in their away series with Toledo the Clippers will attempt to split their home one Wednesday night at Huntington Park. Joe Martinez will matchup against the Mudhens starter Shawn Hill.