Clippers lose 2 games, give up 4 homers to single player
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Clippers dropped both seven-inning games to the Toledo Mud Hens at Huntington Park, 8-1 and 7-6, Saturday. The two losses dropped Columbus to 5-10 and landed them a spot at the bottom of the IL West standings.
Toledo's J.D. Martinez went yard four times, racking up seven RBI during Saturdays doubleheader with the Clippers.
Tyler Cloyd had a rough day at the ballpark, starting the first game for Columbus Cloyd fooled nobody. Martinez took the first pitch Cloyd gave him out to the left field bleachers for a two-run homer.
Cloyd's day was just getting started as he gave up three earned runs in the second, propelling Toledo to a 5-0 lead. After a walk and a single, former Clipper Ezequiel Carrera homered to put a three on the board.
Columbus' offense made an attempt in the second, scoring its only run of the game. After drawing a walk, designated hitter David Cooper made his way to the hot corner on a Carlos Moncrief double. Matt Carson then came up with the sacrifice fly to bring Cooper home.
It was déjà vu in the third with Martinez in the box. Cloyd's first pitch was sent packing to right field for the designated hitter's second homerun.
Cloyd gave up one more big fly to Martinez in the fifth, before exiting before the sixth inning.
Brett Brach made an appearance for the final two innings. Brach kept his line scoreless with three hits.
With no offensive support, Cloyd was tagged with his second loss of the year.
Columbus put up a bigger fight in their second go around with Toledo, but the same result will go down on the schedule.
After Martinez started off the first with a two-run homer off starting pitcher Toru Murata, Columbus countered with two runs of its own. Jesus Aguilar singled to right field to bring in Jose Ramirez to score. Justin Sellers came home on the next play for the second run of the inning.
Columbus took the lead in the third, 3-2. It was short-lived glory as Murata gave up a solo homer to the Mud Hens in the fourth.
Columbus made one more push in the fourth scoring two runs before its defense imploded in the fifth.
Nick Hagadone got the call in the sixth and added to the deficit. Hagadone gave up a single run on two hits before the end of the sixth.
Columbus attempted a late rally in the seventh thanks to Aguilar. He took it deep to center field for a solo shot.
The Clippers are scheduled to return to action Monday against Toledo after taking a day off for Easter.
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