Toledo shuts down Columbus 7-0
Offense only manages four hits in loss
TOLEDO- The Toledo Mudhens shutout the Columbus Clippers on Independence Day Thursday afternoon. Columbus’ five pitchers weren’t enough to hold the Mudhens, while the Clippers offense could not make up the deficit the Clippers’ pitching caused, losing 7-0.
The Mudhens held Columbus’ offense to shameful numbers, only allowing four hits the entire game. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera claimed two of the hits in the first three innings, while Jeremy Hermida and Nate Spears earned the other two hits in the seventh inning.
T.J. House started strongly on the mound for the Clippers with two scoreless innings. House began to spiral down in the third inning. He allowed a single followed by a double with one out starting the inning. Argenis Diaz then hit a sacrifice ground ball to third base, scoring Toledo’s first run.
House then imploded in the fourth inning, allowing three runs. The inning began with a double, followed by a walk. A single then scored the Mudhens second run of the game. Late in the inning with two outs, a double scored Toledo two more runs. Two more walks prompted a pitching change to Chris Jakubauskas, who finished the inning with one strikeout.
Jakubauskas continued pitching in the fifth inning, walking his second batter with one out. A home run to left field scored Toledo’s fifth and sixth runs. Jakubauskas continued pitching and made his way out of the fifth inning without any further damage.
Blake Wood was called from the pen to pitch in the sixth inning, replacing Jakubauskas. Wood faced three batters, allowing zero hits.
C.C. Lee took the mound in the seventh inning, facing the Mudhens. Lee struck out two of the three batters he faced, holding the Mudhens scoreless.
Bryan Price was retrieved from the bullpen to close the game, starting in the eighth. Price gave up a single, followed by a double scoring Toledo’s final run of the game. Price continued to pitch through the eighth and the ninth striking out one batter and allowing one run.
The series was officially split while in Toledo for the two-game away stretch. Columbus will return for a nine-game home stretch, facing Louisville, Indianapolis, and Toledo. Friday night Paolo Espino will face the Louisville Bats to begin the series.