Rain-shortened game ends with 6-3 Columbus Clippers victory
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dark clouds surrounded Huntington Park for most of the day on Tuesday, but they broke just before game time. Luckily for the Columbus Clippers (46-39) that was not a bad omen.
The Clippers put together five runs in the third inning and cruised to a rain shortened 6-3 victory over the visiting Louisville Bats (43-42) in front of 7,932 in attendance.
The Clippers sent all nine to the plate in the third inning off of Louisville starter Brett Marshall (0-4, 12.94 ERA). Tim Fedroffextended his on-base streak with a double in the right-centerfield gap. After Ramirez reached via a walk, Tyler Holt drove in Fedroff with a soft-liner single to right and the game was tied.
The next batter, Jesus Aguilar, gave the Clippers the lead with hard liner, again to the right-centerfield gap that plated both Ramirez and Holt. Giovanny Urshela immediately followed with a low liner that barely cleared the left field wall to double the Clippers lead.
“Right now, we’re having really good at-bats and it’s pretty solid up and down the lineup,” Clippers manager Chris Tremie said. “It’s pretty good when you feel like you can score no matter where you’re at in the lineup one through nine.”
Zach McAllister (4-0, 2.08 ERA) earned himself a quality start for the fourth time in five starts for the Clippers. He gave up three runs over six innings on eight hits and struck out nine. The three runs were a season high for him with the Clippers, but so are the nine strikeouts. He struck out the side in the fourth inning.
“(McAllister) was good,” Tremie said. “Right at the beginning of the game he was up a little bit, but after that, he quickly made that adjustment and he really threw some good fastballs and some good changeups. He elevated on some guys and then got by with his fastball. So the combination of not only being down at times, but he also elevated good and threw some good changeups.”
Louisville struck first in the second. With one out Rey Navarro blooped a single into center and Tucker Barnhartfollowed with a liner back through the box. Steve Selsky hit a soft liner to right that Carlos Moncrief dove for, but couldn’t quite get there. Navarro came across for the first run.
The Bats struck again for a pair of runs in the sixth. After three consecutive one out singles loaded the bases, Rey Navarro grounded into a fielder’s choice driving in the first run. Tucker Barnhart drove in the second run of the inning on a single to center.
Mark Lowe pitched the seventh inning for Columbus and struck out the side to earn his tenth save of the year.
There was lightning in the area for about an inning, but in the middle of seventh, the rain accompanied it so the teams were pulled off the field. It was quickly apparent that the teams would not be able to resume play.
The Clippers head back to Toledo for another pair of games. Starting on Wednesday is righty Kyle Davies (4-5, 3.59). He was the tough-luck losing pitcher last Friday night at Buffalo. He gave up two runs (one earned over six innings, but the Clippers offense couldn’t back his effort and the bullpen surrendered a five-spot in the eighth in a 7-1 loss against the Bisons. Davies has five consecutive quality starts, but is only 2-3 over that span.
Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.