Clippers blow early lead, fall 4-1
Salazar dazzles for first four frames but Columbus cannot hold on
BUFFALO- With both offenses being unproductive, pitching was left with little room for error Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field. The Buffalo Bisons got the upper hand and scored two runs in the sixth inning and then two more in the eighth to defeat the Columbus Clippers 4-1.
Right-hander Danny Salazar started on the mound for Columbus and dazzled across four superb innings. Salazar gave up three hits, no runs, and fanned six batters during his outing.
The Clippers were only able to secure one run Tuesday night in the second inning.
Jeremy Hermida led off the inning with a line drive to center field for a double. The designated hitter then obtained third base on Juan Diaz ground out to short stop Munenori Kawasaki. With one out Matt Carson stepped up to the plate grounding out, but scored Hermida to take the lead against the Bisons, 1-0.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning that anyone would get back onto the board.
In the sixth, with Matt Langwell pitching, the Bisons took the lead. Due to a throwing error by center fielder Ezequiel Carrera, Moises Sierra who had previously reached first on a single scored for Buffalo’s first run. Langwell gave up a walk to a batter, followed by a double rolling in the Bison’s second run. Langwell was saddled with the loss thanks to his poor inning.
Nieve started the inning strong allowing no hits with two outs, until Mauro Gomez hit his 27th homerun off of the reliever, scoring Sierra who reached base on a throwing error. Nieve immediately ended the inning the next batter, but the damage was done.
The Clippers’ bats remained cold in the ninth unable to recover from the detrimental eighth inning.
Columbus’ record drops to .481 with the 4-1 loss. Tuesday’s game was the first of four that will be played in Buffalo. Wednesday the Clippers will return for the second game of the series. Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to face Thad Weber.