Clippers run out of pitchers and fall 8-3 in extras
Columbus sends catcher Omir Santos to the mound only to lose by five
COLUMBUS - After Columbus rallied to tie the game twice, the final two scoreless innings forced a drenched Huntington Park into extra innings with the Indianapolis Indians Monday night. After twelve innings the Clippers ultimately took the loss falling behind the Indians 8-3.
Things looked promising for starter Trevor Bauer in the first three innings. Bauer allowed three hits in the first two innings, but with help from his defense escaped both scoreless. In the third inning after surrendering a leadoff walk, Bauer was again resurrected by his defense with the second double-play of the game before making the third out.
Bauer hit a wall in the fourth inning, unable to continue his success. After putting runners on the corners with one out, Bauer served up a double to score the Indians first run of the game. A following single brought in Indianapolis’ second and last run of the inning. Once again a double-play was Bauer’s saving grace.
Bauer returned for the fifth inning, loading the bases with one out. Bauer battled back striking out the next two batters to end the inning, leaving the three Indians on base.
Bauer put a sixth inning under his belt recording himself another strikeout, and only facing three batters.
After being shut out for five straight innings by Indianapolis’ starter Brandon Cumpton the Clippers offense rallied in the sixth. After walking designated hitter Matt Carson and Juan Diaz, Cumpton gave up a single to shortstop Luis Hernandez loading the bases with one out.
Nate Spears followed Hernandez in the lineup hitting a single, bringing in Carson and third baseman Diaz to tie the game. Another walk drawn by Roberto Perez reloaded the bases with one out. The Clippers would leave the three runners on base when Ezequiel Carrera struck out, followed by Tim Fedroffbeing thrown out at first.
After Columbus tied the game, Bauer returned for a seventh inning. Leading off for Indianapolis, Jerry Sands sent a ball to the corner of right field for a double. The Indians second baseman followed with a double to right field, scoring Sands and taking the lead.
After earning the first out of the inning Bauer was replaced by lefty Clay Rapada. Rapada faced two batters to end the inning.
The Clippers answered late in the seventh, tying the game for the second time. With one out left fielderJeremy Hermida drew a walk to get on base. Hermida then advanced to second on Carson’s sacrifice hit. Diaz followed with his second double of the game, scoring Hermida for the tying run.
C.C. Lee made his way into the game taking the mound in the eighth inning. Lee pitched a one-two-three inning, striking out all three Indianapolis batters he faced.
A torrential downpour late in the eighth may have cleared the stands, but the tied game would go on. Lee braved the weather in the ninth facing two batters, striking out the first one for his fourth K in a row, but followed with a walk.
A call to the pen brought in left handed Nick Hagadone. Hagadone recorded a strikeout, followed by a groundout to first.
It seemed the rain cooled the Clippers bats. After two strong innings, Columbus refrained from getting on base in the eighth and ninth inning while facing forty one year old reliever Jose Contreras.
The heavy rains may have played a factor in the game, but Tremie made no excuses saying, “It’s just the conditions, both teams were playing in the same conditions.”
Hagadone continued pitching into the tenth recording two more strikeouts before walking Matt Hague. The walk was followed by a pop fly to second baseman Spears for the third out.
Bryan Price took the mound in the eleventh inning after Columbus could not end the game late in the tenth. Price allowed a double with one out, but redeemed himself striking out the next two batters.
Tremie was pleased with his bullpen at the end of the night saying, “All of those guys really did an outstanding job.”
Columbus continued to struggle in the eleventh inning, unable to record a hit or get on base.
After the Clippers ran out of pitching options heading into the twelfth, catcher Omir Santos took the mound for Columbus. Santos threw between sixty and seventy mph during the inning, giving up five runs to the Indians before ending the inning. Santos’ attempt at closing earned him the loss for the night, his first and most likely only.
Tremie dwelled on the decision to send Santos, “In that particular situation I felt he was the guy that was probably going to throw it over the plate the most consistently.”
Santos did in fact pitch consistently, throwing sixteen strikes out of his twenty three total pitches.
The Clippers were unable to make up the damage later in the twelfth inning. Hermida was the only player to get on base during the extra innings, drawing a walk in the twelfth.
The game would end four hours and fourteen minutes later with the Indians up 8-3 and the Clippers being saddled with their third consecutive loss.
Columbus will continue their home stand against Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, where T.J House will take the mound for the Clippers.