Clippers offense explodes in 21-3 win
COLUMBUS - Coming into Tuesday night’s contest against Buffalo, Columbus was struggling on offense. Something about playing at home for the first time in almost two weeks changed that, big time.
The Clippers (27-31) pummeled the Bison in game one of a four-game series, 21-3, setting a record for most runs scored in a game at Huntington Park. Columbus, coming off a 12-game road trip, had 19 hits—four homers—and scored more than one run for the first time in five games.
Jared Goedert had one of the best games you will ever see from a Triple-A hitter. The designated hitter, batting cleanup with Matt LaPorta in Cleveland, went 4-for-4 with two home runs and nine RBIs.
Goedert now ranks in the top 30 in the International League in RBIs (24) even though he has played in just 17 games. Every other player in the top 30 has played in at least 27 games.
While the Clippers had difficulty putting together hits and taking advantage of scoring opportunities during their most recent road swing, every player that stepped to the plate in a Columbus uniform Tuesday night seemed to do what was needed. Eight of the nine Columbus starters had hits—five had multiple—and every single Clipper that played crossed the plate at least once.
Quite the difference from the team that scored just two runs on 17 hits in their four-game series in Rochester last weekend.
Columbus got right to it at the plate Tuesday, scoring three runs in the first inning and a combined 14 over the next three innings.
Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera led off the first with a single, and second baseman Cord Phelps followed with a ground-rule double. Two batters later, Goedert drove them in on a single to center field. A Chad Huffman single brought home Goedert, quickly putting Columbus up, 3-0.
The Clippers would continue to pour on the runs, scoring five, one, and eight runs in the second, third and fourth, respectively.
Along with Goedert, Huffman, who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Carrera, 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, sparked the Columbus offense. Third baseman Jason Donald chipped in, too, with a 3-for-5 day.
Amidst the offensive outburst, right-hander T.J McFarland had a strong outing on the mound, giving up three runs in seven innings of work.
Columbus will look to continue its hot hitting and winning ways on Wednesday in game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.