Davies, Clippers beat RailRiders in pitcher's duel, 2-1
Kyle Davies hurled 7 innings of 2-hit ball allowing 0 ER, 1 BB and 5 SO in the win.
MOOSIC, PA – The Columbus Clippers got two hits, including a homer from Giovanny Urshela to account for both of their runs in a 2-0 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, err, Trolley Frogs on What If Night at PNC Park.
Urshela beat out a double play attempt in the first that scored Elliot Johnson to give the Clippers the early advantage off of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Michael Pineda (0-1, 1.17), who was making a rehab start.
In the seventh, Urshela hit his tenth home run of the year off of Nick Rumbelow to put the Clippers up by two.
Columbus started righty Kyle Davies (7-7, 3.73) and he shut down the Trolley Frogs for seven innings. Davies allowed two hits and a walk with five strikeouts on 94 pitches through the front seven.
After Tyler Sturdevant pitched a scoreless eighth, Josh Outman came out for what would have been his first save opportunity. He got the first two outs without any problems, but then served up a 2-0 fastball that was dispatched into the right field seats by Kyle Roller to finally put Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on the board.
Outman was replaced by Mark Lowe who got the final out for his 16th save of the year.
Until the homer with two outs in the ninth, the Clippers held Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scoreless for the first 17.2 innings of the series. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last scored in the second inning of Tuesday’s game at Syracuse with a day off on Wednesday.
The Trolley Frogs have just eight hits total in the series with two of them coming with two outs in the ninth inning of Friday’s game.
In other IL West action, Rochester defeated Indianapolis 11-4 and Lehigh Valley defeated Toledo 2-1. Louisville beat Syracuse 6-4. With the win, Louisville is now in second place behind the Clippers by five games. Toledo and Indianapolis are tied at 5.5 back.
Columbus and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre resume their series with the third installment on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
With the win on Friday night, the Clippers clinch the season series with two game remaining. They have also extended their winning streak over the RailRiders to 13 games dating back to April 24, 2012. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the first game of the season series last season.
INF Zach Walters went 0-for-4 on Thursday snapping his 18 game hit streak. Over that stretch, he went 34-for-76 (.447) with 16 runs, eight doubles, six homers and 20 RBI. Prior to Thursday, he hit in all five games played with the Clippers, going 10-for-22 (.455) with two homers, eight runs batted in, two doubles and four runs scored. Between stints with Syracuse and Columbus, he spent a week with the Washington Nationals. He was on their roster before the trade and played in five games.
Walters doubled twice on Friday to start a new streak.
OF James Ramsey had his first multi-hit game with the Clippers on Thursday night since being traded at the July 31 deadline. He doubled and homered in four at-bats. He followed that effort with another multi-hit game on Friday night with two singles.
RHP Toru Murata (2-2, 4.93) was added to the roster prior to Friday’s game and will start on Saturday. Though Murata was sent down after his last start, he did not pitch for Akron.
Last time out on August 3, Murata pitched 6.1 innings for the win at Pawtucket. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts. He has never faced the RailRiders.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will counter with RHP Zach Nuding (3-4, 5.80). This will be his second start since being transferred back to the RailRiders. He spent May with the team before being sent down to Double-A Trenton. He has never faced the Clippers in ten appearances (nine starts) at the Triple-A level.
Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.