Clippers, Knights split doubleheader
CHARLOTTE- The Columbus Clippers played a doubleheader Friday evening against the Charlotte Knights to make up for Thursday night’s game that was postponed due to heavy rains. Columbus and Charlotte split the night as the Clippers took the first game beating the Knights 5-2, but in the nightcap Charlotte shutout Columbus 1-0.
Trevor Bauer started for the Clippers in the first game pitching five innings, allowing only two runs. Columbus’ offense offset this by scoring five runs sporadically throughout the game.
The Knights were the first to get on the board in the first inning. With two outs Bauer walked Brent Moral. Moral stole second and made his way to third on an error by Clipper’s catcher Roberto Perez. Next up, former ClipperLars Anderson singled on a soft line drive scoring Charlotte’s first run. Bauer escaped the inning striking out his second batter of the inning.
After scoreless innings from both teams, the Clippers took the lead in the fourth inning. Cord Phelps singled to left field for his first hit of the night. Next up, Jeremy Hermida drew a walk from Knights starting pitcher Jason Berken.Chun-Hsiu Chen reached first on a fielding error, sending Phelps home for the tying run. With two outs Juan Diazsmacked a line drive single out to right field scoring Hermida to take the 2-1 lead.
Columbus increased their lead in the fifth inning. Left fielder Ezequiel Carrera started off the inning with a single, his only hit of the night. With Matt Carson up to bat Carrera stole his seventeenth base of the season advancing to second. Carson then reached first with a bunt groundball to first base and Carrera moved to third. Third basemanLonnie Chisenhall stepped to the plate with one out, hitting a sacrifice fly scoring Carrera. Chen struck out to end the inning.
Charlotte attempted a comeback in the bottom of the fifth. After Bauer walked the second batter, a double by Tyler Greene scored the second Knights run on Bauer. The inning ended with Bauer’s sixth strikeout of the game.
The Clippers finished the game with a strong seventh inning scoring two more times. With one out Carson doubled on a fly ball to center field. Phelps took the plate clearing the bases with a home run out to left field.
Bauer’s performance earned him his third win of the season. Bauer was replaced by Jerry Gil for the sixth and seventh inning. Gil finished the game pitching two scoreless innings and was rewarded with his third save.
The night was far from over for the Clippers with another game directly following their win; however, Columbus couldn’t continue their success into the second game getting shut out by the Knights 1-0.
TJ House pitched all six innings for Columbus, allowing six hits, and one run. House was saddled with his sixth loss of the season.
House allowed his only run in the bottom of the second. With one out Tyler Greene reached base first singling on a fly ball out to center field. Next up, Steve Tolleson sent another ball out to center field for a single scoring Greene.
Columbus’s offense was never able to get on the board and struggled throughout the game. In the seven innings played Clipper’s batters struck out nine times and only put up two hits. The first came from second baseman Nate Spears who singled in the third inning. The second and last hit of the night came when Matt Carson recorded a single line drive in the fourth inning.
Columbus has struggled lately falling two games below .500. Previously the Clippers held the second spot in the International League West standings, but have recently become tied with the Louisville Bats for the number two seat in the division.
Columbus will continue their away series at Charlotte Saturday night and Sunday before returning home to face Pawtucket.
"House allowed his only run in the bottom of the second. With one out Tyler Greene reached base first singling on a fly ball out to center field. Next up, Steve Tolleson sent another ball out to center field for a single scoring Greene."
"reached base first singling"???
"singling on a fly ball out "???
And how did the runner score from 1st base on a single?