Clippers blow lead in ninth, fall 7-6
Hagadone's rough outing costs Columbus a win
BUFFALO- Columbus fell into a three-game losing streak Thursday afternoon, losing to the Buffalo Bisons 7-6. After carrying a three run lead for three innings, the Bisons rallied in the ninth inning, scoring four runs to win the game.
The Clippers immediately took the lead in the first inning. Ezequiel Carrera led off the first inning hitting a line drive to left field. Ryan Rohlinger followed singling on a bunt to third base. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Tim Fedroff.
With two outs Juan Diaz smacked a fly ball to left field for a double, scoring Carrera and Rohlinger. Right fielder Matt Carson drove in Diaz for Columbus’ third run of the inning with a fly ball to left field.
Carlos Carrasco started the game for Columbus. In the first inning Carrasco faced four batters striking out three of them.
In the second inning Buffalo began a comeback against the Clippers. Carrasco gave up a walk with one out early in the inning. The third batter reached on a fielder’s choice, then both batters advanced on a fly out to center field. Mike Nickeas’ single drove both runs in and a following triple scored Buffalo’s tying run.
The Clippers retook the lead in the fourth inning. With two outs Rohlinger drew a walk. Following in the lineup, Fedroff singled, sending Rohlinger to third. A fielding error by the Bisons scored Rohlinger, moving Columbus into the lead.
Columbus furthered their lead in the fifth inning, scoring two extra runs. Matt Carson led off the inning with a single and then stole his 12th base of the season moving to second. With one out Roberto Perez came up with a double to right field, scoring Carson. After a pitching change, with two outs Perez scored off of Carrera’s single to center field.
Preston Guilmet came in from the bullpen after the fifth inning to replace Carrasco. Guilmet pitched two scoreless innings and was given a hold for his performance.
A second call to the bullpen brought Bryan Price to the mound to pitch. The right-handed reliever pitched one inning and received his first hold of the season.
Nick Hagadone took over for Columbus in the ninth inning with the Clippers up by three. Hagadone immediately loaded the bases letting up two singles and a walk. Another single scored the Bisons first run of the inning.
A sacrifice fly to center field brought in the Bison’s second run on Hagadone. With two outs a double scored Buffalo’s tying run and winning run of the game. The Clippers ultimately lost 7-6 to Buffalo.
Hagadone was given not only his first blown save of the season, but also his second loss since with the Clippers.
The Clippers will return to Huntington Park Friday night for a eight-game home stretch, to face the Durham Bulls, the International League South leaders.