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Tomlin solid in five innings of work as Clippers win 2-1

Columbus beats Jurjenns for fourth time this season

Tomlin solid in five innings of work as Clippers win 2-1
September 2, 2013
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COLUMBUS, OH - The combination of clutch hits from the offense and brilliant pitching from Josh Tomlin and the bullpen were enough for the Clippers to down the Toledo Mudhens in their penultimate game of the season by a final score of 2-1.

While Toledo starter Jair Jurjenns was almost perfect on Sunday, the Clippers rallied to bring home a run despite being mired in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

The first time came in the second inning, when Nate Spears drove a two-out, bases empty triple to deep right-center and was brought in on an RBI single from Omir Santos.

The second situation was almost identical.

With two outs and the bases empty in the fifth, Justin Toole lined a single and was followed by recent Lake County callup Yohxian Medina, who delivered his first triple-A hit and drove in the go-ahead run on a double down the line.

In each instance, the two-out hits only produced a single run, but that would be more than enough thanks to Josh Tomlin.

Tomlin, who was recently activated from the 60-day DL and designated to Columbus, was lights out for his second straight start for the Clippers.

In his first start off the DL, Tomlin blanked the Louisville Bats over five innings, allowing just a single hit and no runs while collecting his first win of the year.

Things weren’t all that different on Sunday.

“He threw the ball very well,” said Clippers manager Chris Tremie, “He located his fastball and kept it down, threw some good secondary pitches, had a very efficient five innings of work and looked good.”

And efficient he was.

In those five innings, Tomlin allowed just four hits, a run and struck out four batters on just 52 pitches.

His command was incredible, as 40 of his 52 pitches went for strikes, but a two-out hit from the MudHens in second inning kept him from an shut-out performance.

After he started the second with a hit batter, Tomlin gave himself a chance to get out of the inning unscathed, with two on and two outs. Unfortunately, shortstop Argenis Diaz got the best of him and drove an RBI single to left for their only run.

Tomlin quickly got out of the jam and went right back to his un-hittable ways.

While not quite as good as his counterpart, Jurjenns was- unexpectedly- very good as well.

Before Sunday’s matchup with Columbus, Jurjenns had faced the Clippers three times and was miserable in each.

Compiling a total of 13.0 innings, 22 hits, 14 runs, and 5 walks with an ERA of 9.00, Jurjenns lost in all three previous meetings.

In seven innings on Sunday, however, Jurjenns allowed just two runs and six hits on 105 pitches. He allowed just one baserunner or less in five of his seven innings and didn’t walk a batter, while striking out four.

All that being said, his winless streak against the Clippers continued as he picked up his fourth loss in four starts against Columbus this season.

That fourth loss was as much due to the Columbus bullpen as it was due to Tomlin.

After Tomlin was removed from the game in the fifth, five Clippers relievers combined to completely shutdown the MudHen lineup.

C.C. Lee, Jerry Gil, Vinnie Pestano, and Bryan Price combined for four shutout innings of three-hit baseball. They also allowed just one walk and struck out five batters- four of which were thanks to Bryan Price.

Price put the tying and winning runs on base in the top of the ninth, but brilliantly got out of the jam with three straight strikeouts to give the Clippers their 70th win of the season.

Manager Chris Tremie was happy to see Pryce put it together.

“Pretty awesome, huh?” said Tremmie, “Pretty exciting to watch. He got himself in a little bit of trouble, but bared down and ended up making some really quality pitches and put the game away.”

The 2013 season ends for the Clippers tomorrow night, as they were unable to make the International League playoffs.

While the season may end for the Clippers, it will go on for many current Clippers players, as the Major League rosters have expanded and will allow for extra call-ups.

Tomorrow’s farewell game will feature two pitchers with intriguing background stories.

Clippers starter TJ House (7-10, 4.13) is set to make his final start of the season tomorrow and in doing so, will have made every single start he was scheduled for this season. House is the only pitcher in the Indians organization to not miss a start this season.

On the other side, MudHens starter Jon Link (0-4, 5.21) is returning to the place of his birth.

Link was born in Columbus, Ohio, but moved to Virginia at a young age. He attended high school and college in Virginia before being drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2005 MLB Draft.

The matchup between the iron-man pitcher and the homecoming man will be an interesting way to send off the 2013 season.

First pitch from Huntington Park is set for 3:05 pm.

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