Columbus Clippers give up 11 hits, lose 2-1 to Toledo
TOLEDO, OH – When the other team’s starter has a flawless outing, there’s not much you can do.
That’s exactly what happened on Thursday night, as the Columbus Clippers (46-41) fell 2-1 to the Toledo Mud Hens (43-45), thanks to magnificence of Toledo’s starter Derek Hankins.
Even a late rally by Columbus couldn’t ruin Hankins body of work.
The right-hander absolutely dominated the Columbus lineup in his eight and two-thirds innings. During his first eight innings of work, he issued zero walks and allowed just three hits.
On the other side, the home team first threatened to score in the first.
Hernan Perez hit a one-out single off Columbus starter Tyler Cloyd, and an out later Mike Hessman doubled to left to put runners on second and third. Cloyd then intentionally walked Jordan Lennerton to load the bases.
But James McCann couldn’t make the early chance count, striking out on a foul tip as Cloyd got out of the jam.
Toledo was at it again in the third. Just like in the first, Perez led off the inning with a hit, this time a double to right field. Tyler Collins followed him with a single, allowing Perez to reach third.
With runners on the corners and nobody out, Cloyd had his work cut out for him once again. But, to his credit, he managed to get out of the inning. Cloyd struck out Hessman, Lennerton, and forced McCann to ground out to third to keep the game scoreless.
As the Clippers offense struggled to get any sort of rally together, the Mud Hens finally made the most of their opportunities.
This time, it was Lennerton who led off with a single, moving to second on a sac bunt from McCann. Ben Guezsingled to left to put runners on the corners again. Wade Gaynor then beat out a fielder’s choice to shortstop Justin Sellers, allowing Lennerton to score the first run of the game.
With two out, Ezequiel Carrera singled to center and Guez scored to double Toledo’s advantage.
That was more than enough for Hankins, as he continued to cruise, proving to be far too much for any of the Clippers’ hitters. But they finally got something going in their last inning. Columbus was down to its final out whenTyler Holt came to the plate. The centerfielder doubled to right, and Jesus Aguilar followed him by singling to left, giving cutting Toledo’s lead in half.
The Clippers continue their home stand on Friday, hosting the Mud Hens at 7:15 p.m.