Clippers drop 3-2 in second-straight loss to Bisons
Matsuzaka's quality start not enough for win
BUFFALO- The Columbus Clippers fell for the second night in a row to the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday, 3-2. Fielding errors and cold bats handicapped the Clippers Wednesday night, giving pitchers little room for error.
Daisuke Matsuzaka started on the mound for the Clippers, pitching four scoreless innings before letting up runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and pitching a seventh inning with no runs.
After two innings, both teams had yet to record a run. Nate Spears led off the third inning with a line-drive double to left field. Spears then traveled to third on second baseman Luis Hernandez’s sacrifice fly. Designated hitter Ezequiel Carrera followed up with a single, scoring Spears for Columbus’ first run.
The Bisons snatched the lead from the Clippers in the fifth inning scoring two runs. Matsuzaka gave up a double to lead off the inning. The pitcher then put runners on the corners due to a fielding error. Buffalo scored their first run to tie the game on a following single with no outs. A sacrifice fly by the Bisons scored their final run of the inning.
Matsuzaka returned in the sixth and continued to struggle. A single by Moises Sierra led off the inning. Sierra stole second, then took third on a passed ball by catcher Omir Santos. Another fielding error sent a runner to first, scoring Sierra and putting Buffalo up 3-1.
The Clippers attempted to rally in the eighth inning but were unable to come up with the runs. Hernandez came up with a ground rule double with one out to reach base. Carrera then hit an infield grounder, moving Hernandez to third. Third baseman Ryan Rohlinger singled, driving in Hernandez.
Matsuzaka put up a quality start, but was still saddled with his sixth loss of the season.
Joe Martinez closed the game for Columbus, pitching one inning, fanning two of the three batters he faced.
Columbus’ record has suffered since arriving in Buffalo, losing two of the three games in the series thus far. The Clippers have, however, posted a decent record since the All-Star break, going 4-3.
The Clippers will return to Coca-Cola Field to face the Bisons one last time Thursday afternoon. Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.23 ERA) will start the day game for Columbus, facing Buffalo starter Justin Germano (6-7, 5.08 ERA).