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Clippers shutout Mud Hens 3-0, allow four hits

The Columbus Clippers pitching staff allowed just four hits, one walk and zero runs in Thursday's 3-0 victory over the Akron Mud Hens.

Clippers shutout Mud Hens 3-0, allow four hits
Clippers starting pitcher T.J. House (46) pitched five innings of scoreless baseball en route to his first win of the season in Thursday's 3-0 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens. (Photo credit: BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH)
April 17, 2014
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TOLEDO, OH – It has been a while, but the Columbus Clippers (5-7) finally returned to the field on Thursday. After being rained out for the past two days in Indianapolis, the Clippers were forced to move on to Toledo -- and move on they did.

The Clippers cruised to a 3-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field. The Clippers win was propelled by their pitching staff, which combined to allow just four hits compared to 12 strikeouts in the shutout.

The Clippers have now won four out of their last five games, and find themselves two games under .500 after a dreadful 1-6 start to the season.  They finished the road trip winning four out of six, including the last two in Toledo.    

T.J. House (1-1) started for the Clippers and earned the win.  House worked five innings only giving up three hits, while striking out six Mud Hens.  The only problem with his performance was a high pitch count, which prevented him from earning a quality start.

The bullpen pitched, especially, well.  Scott Barnes pitched two innings, while Nick Hagadone and Vinny Pestano each pitched an inning.  After Barnes gave up a leadoff single to former Clipper Ezequiel Carrera, Columbus pitchers combined to retire the final 12 batters in order, striking out six – two for each pitcher.  Pestano earned his first save of the season.

Jose Ramirez finished the game going 2-5 and drove in the Clippers first two runs of the evening after belting his first homer of the season. Ramirez two-run shot in the third inning, proved to be critical for Columbus in the low scoring affair.

Nyjer Morgan, made his debut for the Clippers after the Indians activated Michael Bourn on Wednesday, recorded a hit and a walk.  Morgan drove in Matt Carson on a single in the seventh, which gave the Clippers their final margin of victory. 

The game marked Morgan’s first in the minors since 2010, when he played three games for the Patomac Nationals and the Hagerstown Suns in the Washington Nationals farm system.  Morgan spent most of his minor league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, last in 2008, with the division rival Indianapolis Indians. 

The Clippers and the Mud Hens move to Columbus for a three-game series at Huntington Park.  Josh Tomlin (0-1) gets the call for the Clippers.  In his last appearance, Tomlin pitched a quality start on the road at Louisville allowing two runs in six innings.  He walked four and struck out three, but did not factor in the decision. Toledo will counter with Derek Hankins (1-1).  

Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.

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