Bullpen falters late for Columbus in 4-3 loss
COLUMBUS- The Gwinnett Braves stole a win from Columbus on Friday night at Huntington Park, 4-3. The Clippers gained the lead in the seventh inning, but a late rally by the Braves would prove to be fatal for Columbus.
After two clear innings the Braves jumped on the board first. With two outs starter TJ House let up a double, followed by a line drive single that scored the Braves' first run.
While Columbus’ bats remained cold the Braves rolled into the fourth inning. Gwinnett led off with a double to left field and after one out allowed a single putting runners in the corners. A hard hit to left field scored a second run on House, putting the Braves ahead 2-0.
The Clippers made their move in the fifth inning thanks to Matt Carson. Carson led off the inning with a big fly out to left field for a solo homer. The Clippers followed the hit with two singles and eventually stranded both runners.
Carson came up for the Clippers again in the seventh inning. With two outs the left fielder sent a fly ball out to left. With Carson on first Ryan Rohlinger doubled, sending Carson in to score his second run of the game. The Clippers continued in the inning as Justin Toole got his first hit of the game bringing Rohlinger home. A controversial call during the play cost Gwinnett their manager when he was ejected by the home plate umpire.
Bryan Price came into the game in the seventh replacing House. Price pitched through the eighth and started into the ninth. Price gave up a leadoff single and then Gwinnett followed up with a sacrifice bunt, moving Tyler Green to second base. Price was replaced by Clay Rapada to finish the game.
Rapada gave up a sacrifice bunt, scoring two runs for the Braves, putting them ahead of the Clippers. Rapada ended the inning, but the Columbus offense could not muster another run in the ninth and ultimately lost to the Braves.
The loss Friday night tied up the series with two games remaining in the series with Gwinnett. Trevor Bauer is slated to face Omar Poveda Saturday night at Huntington Park.