Clippers stymied by Louisville pitching, lose 4-0
COLUMBUS- Sunday’s game against the Louisville Bats turned into a pitching duel with both team’s starters holding each offense under ten hits, a game Louisville ultimately won 4-0.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit offensively,” manager Chris Tremie admitted, though seem unfazed saying “We’ll start hitting again.”
Daisuke Matsuzaka started on the mound for the Clippers. Matsuzaka has struggled this season in Columbus receiving his fifth loss Sunday night after receiving no help from the Clippers' offense.
Tremie was happy with the outing Matsuzak put up.
“Really threw well the whole inning… Let one pitch up and gave up a three-run homer," he said. "Besides that he was pretty efficient with his pitches and it was a solid outing.”
The win went to Louisville starter Chad Reineke, who earned his eighth win of the season when he pitched eight scoreless innings. Reineke pitched seven of his eight innings without allowing a single hit to the Columbus offense.
Columbus recorded two of their five hits in the second inning. Jeremy Hermida hit a ground ball to left field, starting the inning with a single. After one out, Juan Diaz singled on a fly ball to center field moving Hermida to third. Hermida was left in scoring position when shortstop Ryan Rohlinger grounded into an inning ending double play.
Matsuzaka breezed through the first two innings, allowing one hit each inning, and holding the Bats scoreless.
In the third inning Louisville managed to get two runners on base with two outs. Matsuzaka made the mistake of leaving one pitch up to Neftali Soto who shot the ball out to left field for a three-run homer. The inning ended during the next at bat, with Louisville up 3-0.
An unshaken Matsuzaka continued to pitch past the third inning. The fourth through the seventh innings the right handed starter only allowed one hit and recorded four strikeouts.
After starting the seventh inning the Clippers made a change from Matsuzaka to reliever Blake Wood, who is currently in Columbus for a rehab assignment. Matsuzaka left the inning with two outs and a runner on second. Wood allowed a single, scoring former Clipper Jason Donald for the Bat’s fourth run, before earning the third out.
Wood continued pitching through the ninth, allowing one hit in the eighth and ending the ninth with two strikeouts.
Columbus’ offense showed signs of life again in the ninth after going six innings without a single hit. Nate Spears led off the ninth inning with a single to left field. Roberto Perez then followed with a single on a ground ball to right field.
Louisville made their first pitching change of the night from starter Reineke to lefty Lee Hyde. Hyde gave up a single to left fielder Ezequiel Carrera to load the bases, but earned the first out of the inning striking out Tim Fedroff.
A third pitching change was then made as the Bats brought Jose Diaz to the mound. The six-foot six-inch, three hundred pound closer inherited the one out bases loaded situation. Clipper’s first baseman Chun-Hsiu Chen stepped up to the plate and grounded into a double play to end the inning.
“Last inning, seems like we’ve been there a lot this year," Tremie said. "Sometimes we’ve come through and other times we haven’t.”
The home series with the Bats ended in a tie, 2-2. Columbus will continue the nine game home stretch Monday night facing the Indianapolis Indians. Starter Trevor Bauer will take the mound for the Clippers, facing Indians starter Brandon Cumpton.