Bisons silence Clippers 1-0
Columbus wastes strong pitching effort as team is shut out for 15th time
COLUMBUS- The Columbus Clippers were shut out for the 15th time this season as the team fell 1-0 against the Buffalo Bisons Tuesday.
Columbus’ pitching staff put up a fight, but a small slip by the bullpen gave the Bisons what they needed for a win.
Carrasco allowed two hits during his outing, fanning five batters before exiting the game when reaching his maximum amount of innings. Carrasco’s velocity was the talk of the park as he hit mid-ninties with a fluid motion.
Manager Chris Tremie commented, “The great thing was the outing he had. He threw his fastball well, strong outing. That’s really something to build on and be proud of.”
Germano rivaled Carrasco’s outing as he went seven innings and allowed a measly five hits.
“Tonight he located his pitches, kept the ball down, and kept us off balance.” Tremie said of Germano.
Center fielder Tim Fedroff owned one of the five hits Columbus earned, hitting a single in the first inning. Luis Hernandez and Roberto Perez also earned hits against the right handed starter, but it was third baseman Ryan Rohlinger that was the highlight of the Clippers offense.
Rohlinger went 3-for-3, earning three singles. All three hits were made in innings where he was the only Columbus batter to get on base.
“His work ethic and consistency of coming to the park everyday is great,” said Tremie about his number five batter. “He’s getting the barrel to the ball and seeing the ball well.”
After a scoreless game into the seventh inning, Carrasco was replaced by Fernando Nieve (1.69 ERA). Nieve blew the ball through three straight batters in the seventh to continue the scoreless stretch.
Nieve waivered in the eighth, walking the leadoff batter, a move that would be detrimental. After Buffalo followed with a double, a sacrifice fly scored the Bison’s one and only run of the game. That run was enough to saddle Nieve with his third loss of the season.
Clay Rapada (2.74 ERA) was made his way into the game in the ninth to hold Buffalo and succeeded allowing one hit and no further damage giving the Clippers a chance to make a comeback.
Columbus couldn’t rally in the ninth leaving one batter on base to end the game.
The Clippers lack of offense is something that has haunted them in July. Columbus’ third, fourth, and fifth hitters have yet to hit a homerun in July with one game left in the month. The team batting average is anemic sitting at .227, and their slugging percentage is a powerless .315.
Columbus will return to the ballpark Wednesday, continuing their four game series with Buffalo. TJ House (3-10, 4.79 ERA) will make the start for the Clippers facing the Bison’s Chien-Ming Wang (4-4, 2.33 ERA).