Clippers bats go quiet in 4-0 loss
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Columbus Clippers got shutout for the second time in the last three nights Tuesday as the team fell 4-0 to the Louisville Bats.
The Clippers only registered five hits in the contest, and the loss brings the series to a 1-1 split with the final game tomorrow.
Louisville found success early in the third inning off an RBI single by the third baseman Henry Rodriguez. The Bats then added to their lead on a two-run homer by first baseman Mike Hessman in the bottom of the fourth that put the Bats up 3-0.
Rodriguez added another RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to bring the game to a 4-0 lead.
The quiet bats of the Clippers ensured the 4-0 lead was safe for Louisville. The only Clipper to make much noise was left fielder Tim Fedroff, who went 2-for-3 for the night. Center fielder Matt Carson, first baseman Mike McDade, and third baseman Ryan Rohlinger picked up a hit.
Overall, the Clippers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Bats left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani played a key role in the Clippers’ offensive struggles. Cingrani pitched six and one-third innings and allowed only three hits. Cingrani also added seven strikeouts to his stat line, which gives him a total of 21 strikeouts this year.
It was just the latest accomplishment for Cingrani, who was named the International League pitcher of the week after his performance against the Toledo Mud Hens on April 5 when he threw 14 strikeouts through six innings.
On the Clippers mound, pitcher Joe Martinez made his first start of the season. Martinez went six innings and gave up five hits and two earned runs. Martinez ended up with the loss, but his pitching kept the Clippers in the game when their bats went cold.
Martinez is predicted to start against Indianapolis on April 15.
Errors again played a big factor for the Clippers defensively. The team’s first error came in the third inning on an errant throw by shortstop Luis Hernandez that let Bats designated hitter Nevin Ashley reach first. Ashley would eventually score off of Rodriguez’s RBI single.
“Any time in baseball you give away extra outs, whether you get extra outs for the team or you give them away, they usually end up biting you,” said Clippers manager Chris Tremie. “Sound defense, not giving away extra outs, making good pitches, not walking guys, those are important parts of the game. Not just tonight, but just the game in general. We need to do a little better job of doing that.”