Carrasco Goes Down as Clippers Grab 4-1 Victory
Columbus starter injured as team holds on for win
SCRANTON, PA- On a night with a somber tune, the Clippers secured their second win of the series in Scranton, beating the RailRiders 4-1.
The big news from the night ended up being bad news for not only the Clippers, but the Indians organization as a whole.
In the bottom of the fifth Carlos Carrasco took a line drive up the middle off of his arm and left the game immediately. Carrasco was, apparently, in a great deal of pain as he made his way to the hospital. As the injury is yet to be confirmed, the fear is that Carrasco could be out for quite a while with a somewhat serious arm issue.
Before his exit, Carrasco allowed five hits, no runs, and one walk in 4.2 solid innings of work. Carrasco’s strong performances in Columbus, in the wake of the horrible outing in Cleveland, started to give the Tribe organization hope that he could produce in the future.
While all thoughts were with Carrasco during the game, the Clippers were getting the job done.
In the top of the third, Clippers first baseman Mike McDade smacked a double to the gap, giving the Clippers a runner in scoring position with no outs. After fly outs from shortstop Juan Diaz and third baseman Ryan Rohlinger, Tim Fedroff was able to get on first base thanks to a throwing error by RailRiders shortstop Gil Velazquez.
With McDade advancing to third on the error, second baseman Matt Lawson hit an RBI single, scoring McDade and moving Fedroff to second. Right fielder Jeremy Hermida then walked, loading the bases for catcher Yan Gomes. RailRiders starter Chein Ming-Wang brought Fedroff home, thanks to a wild pitch. Gomes grounded out to end the inning, but the Clippers were up 2-0.
Thanks to their pitching, that was a lead the Clippers wouldn’t relinquish.
The Clippers added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to make it a 4-0 game before heading to the ninth.
Reliever Rob Bryson came in to start the bottom of the ninth, but wouldn’t make his way out of it. After giving up a solo home run to the first batter of the inning, catcher Austin Romine, Bryson was able to get two quick outs. He then allowed a walk to RailRiders right fielder Adam Maruszak and a single to Velasquez, bringing up the potential tying run.
Columbus quashed any hopes of a Scranton comeback by bringing in closer Preston Guilmet for the final out. Guilmet did the job easily and secured his seventh save of the season.
With this win, Columbus is now at 11-10 on the season while Scranton/Wilkes-Barre falls to 9-10.
The Clippers will go for the series win tomorrow at PNC Field. It remains to be seen who the Clippers will start, but for the RailRiders, it will be starter Brett Marshall.
First pitch is slated for 7:05.