Clippers score comeback win against Mudhens
Bauer starts strong, bullpen takes it home in Columbus victory
TOLEDO- The Columbus Clippers snatched the lead from the Toledo Mudhens in the sixth inning and preserved it during the last three innings for the 3-2 win. The Clippers took full advantage of their bullpen, using four pitchers in the last three innings to keep the Mudhens scoreless.
After scoring was postponed in the first inning by both starters, both teams got on the board in the second. With one out Matt Carson took the plate, hitting his ninth home run of the season off of Toledo starter Pat Misch. The home run was the only run scored during the top of the second.
Trevor Bauer made his first start on the mound since returning to Columbus Wednesday night. Bauer started the second inning walking Matt Tuiasosopo. Tuiasosopo took advantage of a wild pitch by Bauer, stealing second during the next Mudhens at bat. After recording two outs Bauer let up a single, scoring Tuiasosopo for the tying run, before escaping the inning.
After a clear inning in the third the Mudhens took the lead late in the fourth inning. With one out Bauer hit Tuiasosopo with a pitch, placing him on first. Bauer then followed by letting up a double, scoring Tuiasosopo for the second time of the night taking the lead.
Columbus rallied in the early in the sixth to regain the lead. First baseman Chun-Hsiu Chen singled with one out on a ground ball to left field. Jeremy Hermida followed with a double, bringing Chen home for the tying run. Right fielder Matt Carson on a line drive to left field, Hermida attempted a run for home, but was thrown out. Juan Diaz followed with a double to score Carson. The inning ended with Columbus up 3-2.
A pitching change was made in the bottom of the seventh with Bauer being replaced by Carlos Carrasco. Bauer's six innings pitched earned him his fourth win of the season.
Carrasco pitched through the seventh inning and began the eighth for the Clippers. Carrasco started the eighth striking out two Toledo batters, but followed putting two runners on base. A call to the 'pen brought Clay Rapada in to finish the inning with a strikeout.
The ninth inning continued to showcase the Clippers bullpen bringing in two more pitchers. Fernando Nieve started the inning earning two outs before being replaced by Matt Langwell. Langwell ended the inning with a strikeout.
Carrasco, Rapada, and Nieve were all rewarded with a hold for their efforts. The closer, Langwell, earned his second save thanks to the final strikeout.
Columbus will conclude their series with Toledo Thursday night on the fourth of July. Friday night the Clippers return home to Huntington Park to face the Louisville Bats.