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Columbus Clippers lose to Indianapolis Indians, 2-1

Columbus Clippers lose to Indianapolis Indians, 2-1
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August 28, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –– Gabriel Arias came back from recent struggles to throw seven innings and allow two runs (one earned), but it was not enough and the Columbus Clippers dropped the opener of a three game series to the Indianapolis Indians 2-1 on Thursday night at Victory Field.

The Clippers committed two errors, one a fielding error by the first baseman and the other a wild pickoff attempt, which led to the first run scored by Indianapolis.  Tony Sanchez lined a base hit to left that scored Gregory Polanco.  Matt Carson fielded the ball and threw a seed to third to nail the trail runner and end the inning.

Arias (6-4, 4.36) didn’t give up a hit until a two out double in the fourth by Jaff Decker that scored Andrew Lambo to put Indianapolis up by two.  Lambo worked a one out walk.

Arias allowed a base runner in each inning afterwards, but never let the Indians rally.  He finished with seven innings and allowed four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.

This was a turn-around from his previous three starts where he had not pitched past four innings of work.  He had a 11.17 ERA over 9.2 innings over that stretch. 

Meanwhile, Indianapolis starter Casey Sadler (11-4, 3.03) held the Clippers hitless until Audy Ciriaco singled in the fourth inning.

Elliot Johnson hit his fifth homer of the year with two outs in the fifth to produce the Clippers lone run of the game.

Sadler gave way to the bullpen after just 73 pitches in six innings.  He allowed two hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Columbus put pressure on reliever Ernesto Frieri in the eighth.  Dusty Brown led off with a single to center and Johnson followed with a walk. 

After Justin Sellers sacrificed them over to second, the Clippers offense stymied.  Luke Carlin was called out on strikes for the second out.  After Frieri intentionally walked Francisco Lindor, Ciriaco lined out to center to end the threat.

With the loss, Columbus drops the season series to Indianapolis.  They would have needed a series sweep to avoid that.

The Clippers continue their final road series of the season in Indianapolis on Friday night.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM.

NOTES

LF Matt Carson was removed from the game before the bottom of the fourth.  Justin Sellers moved from second base to left, Audy Ciriaco moved from first base to second and Dusty Brown came into the game and played first.

Coming into Thursday night’s game, there were five games remaining in the season, which means that it was likely the last appearance of the regular season for Gabriel Arias.  He made 26 appearances, including 25 starts, between Akron and Columbus and combined to go 13-6 with a 3.78 ERA in 145.1 innings.

The same two pitchers that met in the second game of last week’s series meet again on Friday night. 

RHP Kyle Davies (9-8, 3.91) will make his final start of the 2014 season on Friday night and look to become the second Clippers starter to reach ten wins this season.

Davies went seven innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts to pick up the win.  He spread his damage around, while keeping his pitch count manageable in the Clippers’ 4-3 victory. 

RHP Nick Kingham (5-4, 3.28) will start for Indianapolis.  He also gave up three runs, but the Clippers were able to work his pitch count up and he lasted five innings.  He took the loss, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out six. 

The Clippers took the lead on a double by James Ramsey in the fifth and held on from there.

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

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