Columbus Clippers Limp Home Looking to Change Fortunes

Columbus ClippersNew city, same result for the Columbus Clippers, as they opened a three-game series with the Gwinnett Braves with a 4-0 loss. Three Braves pitchers combined in the three-hit shutout. It was the Clippers fourth loss in their last five games.

The Braves scored single runs in the first, second, fifth and eighth innings. Center fielder Jose Peraza was two-for-five; second baseman Sean Kazmar three-for-three and right fielder Joe Benson two-for-four. They led the Braves offensive effort.

Jhoulys Chacin pitched 7.1 innings for the Clippers. Chacin allowed all four runs on ten hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, he took the loss.

Cody Martin was the winning pitcher, tossing a one-hitter through five innings. Martin didn’t give up a walk and struck out six. Ryan Weber and Ryan Kelly came on to finish the game with Kelly earning the save.

Francisco Lindor, James Ramsey and Jesus Aguilar each had a hit for the Clippers. The shutout loss was the Clippers third of the season, the first since April 14th against Louisville.

Gwinnett starter Matt Wisler limited the Columbus Clippers to two hits over 8.1 innings of work on Saturday night as the Braves handed Columbus another loss, 1-0. Left fielder James Ramsey had both Clippers hits, a pair of singles.

Wisler, who evened his record at 3-3 with the win, walked a pair and struck out seven in the outing. David Carpenter picked up his first save of the season, facing two hitters in the ninth inning.

Columbus pitching was effective as well, holding the Braves to one run on six hits, although starter T.J. House issued six walks. House and Jeff Manship held Gwinnett scoreless through seven innings of work.

The only Gwinnett score came in the bottom of the eighth inning with Anthony Swarzak on in relief of Manship. Swarzak opened by striking out Adonis Garcia, the lead-off hitter. Ryan Lavarnway then singled and was lifted for pinch-runner, Cedric Hunter. Hunter advanced to second on Swarzak’s balk. Sean Kazmar grounded out to shortstop for the second out of the inning.  Swarzak, with first base open, walked Wil Nieves. With runners on first and second and two outs, Daniel Castro sent Swarzak’s 3-2 offering scooting between first and second base.

With both runners on the move with the pitch right fielder Carlos Moncrief, who was looking for the play at the plate, let the ball go under his glove allowing Hunter to score. He did recover to throw out Nieves at home to end the inning, however, the damage was done.

The latest road trip ended mercifully for the Clippers when the final game with Gwinnett was suspended due to rain. Since Columbus will not be in Lawrenceville, Georgia again this season the game will be completed when the Braves visit Columbus in August, giving the Clippers an additional home game.

Columbus lost five of six games on their latest road trip. They head home for a four-game series with Toledo which features a Monday double-header.

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