Seddon shuts down Tribe in Clippers win
April 19, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Behind a strong outing by right-hander Chris Seddon, the Columbus Clippers got back in the win column Thursday afternoon.
The starter threw six scoreless innings, leading the Clippers to a 4-0 victory over the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Columbus and Indianapolis split the first two games of the series, 5-1 and 3-4, respectively.
Seddon (2-0) struck out five batters and walked none in his six innings of work.
Propelling the Clippers offense Thursday were center fielder Ezequiel Carrera and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. The two both went 3-for-5 at the plate and combined for three extra-base hits, including a triple by Carrera.
Columbus had six extra-base hits in the game, and knocked Indians’ starter, right-hander Daniel McCutchen (1-1), out of the game after 2.1 innings with four earned runs given up.
The Clippers got things going in the game’s early innings.
In the top of the second inning, Clippers’ catcher Matt Pagnozzi hit a double to center field, driving in left fielder Ryan Spilborghs for the first run of the game.
Columbus did the rest of its damage at the plate in the top of the third inning.
Following a triple by Carrera to deep center field, Clippers’ second baseman Cord Phelps doubled on a line drive to right field, plating Carrera. A double by Chisenhall, the next batter, brought home Phelps to increase Columbus’ lead to 3-0.
Clippers’ designated hitter Matt LaPorta then grounded out, but after letting in three runs in 2.1 innings, McCutchen was replaced with Indians’ reliever Kris Johnson.
Johnson was able to get Columbus first baseman Beau Mills to line out to center field, but the Clippers were not done scoring in the inning.
Columbus right fielder Trevor Crowe beat out a soft grounder down the third-base line, and Chisenhall scored on the hit.
The 4-0 lead after three innings was more than enough run support for the Clippers’ pitching staff.
The Columbus bullpen threw three scoreless innings after six frames of shutout ball from Seddon.
Columbus has a chance to take the series, 3-1, from Indianapolis in the series finale on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Andrew Holleran is a third-year journalism student at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewjholleran or reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.