Kluber, Clippers get roughed up by Yankees
COLUMBUS- Second inning heroics by the Scranton/WB Yankees put the Columbus Clippers in too much of a hole to climb back, and they lost on Monday night 9-6.
After the Clippers tied the series with the Yankees on Sunday, they went into Monday night’s game looking to take command of the four game series. The Clippers sent right-hander Corey Kluber (3-4) to the mound and attempted to win consecutive games for the first time since May 5-8. The Yankees countered with D.J. Mitchell (4-1).
Scranton/WB jumped on the board in the first inning after second basemen Matt Antonelli hit a triple off the center field wall, and then first basemen Steve Pearce drove him in on a RBI single.
It didn’t take long for Columbus to tie up the ball game, as with the bases loaded, right fielder Jared Goedert hit a sacrifice fly to center allowing second basemen Jason Donald to score. At the end of the first inning, the score was all knotted up at 1-1.
Left fielder Cole Garner tacked on another run for the Yankees in the second inning hitting a solo home run over the right field fence. Later in the inning first basemen Steve Pearce hit a single to drive in another run, and then with the bases loaded Kluber walked the next two batters he faced to allow another two runs to cross home plate. Catcher Francisco Cervelli singled to make the score 7-1 and sent Kluber to the showers. Right-hander Matt Langwell came into the game in relief of Kluber.
Langwell was able to get out of the jam, but the damage was done as the Clippers gave up six runs in the second inning. Kluber finished the night going an inning and two thirds and allowed seven runs on seven hits, four walks and had three strikeouts.
“Kluber just couldn’t get in sync tonight,” Manager Mike Sarbaugh stressed about his starter's performance.
In the third inning, first basemen Matt LaPorta got hit by a pitch for the second time in two at-bats, but that was all the offense the Clippers could produce in the third. LaPorta was replaced in the fourth inning by Chad Huffman.
“LaPorta was hit in the ribs, and was a little sore," Sarbaugh said. "So we decided to give him a break from the game."
Langwell’s night ended early when the first pitch he threw in the fourth inning beaned designated hitter Jack Cust and was immediately thrown out of the game by the home plate umpire. After the ejection both benches were given warnings.
Right-hander Frank Herrmann came into the game to replace the ejected Langwell, and he did his job by inducing a 6-4-3 double play after pitching to the first batter he faced. He then went on to throw three shutout innings of relief.
The Clippers started to show some signs of life in the fifth inning after shortstop Gregorio Petit lead the inning off with a stand up double. The next batter second baseman Jason Donald was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with no outs. Huffman came through with an RBI single to right field and then third basemen Lonnie Chisenhall got into the mix as he hit a double bringing in two more Clipper’s baserunners. Right fielder Jared Goedert brought in another two runs on a single to bring them with in one of the Yankees at 7-6.
Right-hander Dan Wheeler came into the game in the seventh inning and allowed a solo home run to Pearce in the eighth inning and a solo home run to Garner - his second of the game - in the ningth inning to put the Yankees up 9-6. and end the scoring on the night.
Columbus and Scranton/WB finish off their four game series on Tuesday at 10:35 am.