Romero, Bisons drub Clippers 5-1
Bauer wild in loss
COLUMBUS- A four-run outburst in the top of the second inning by the Buffalo lead to the Columbus Clippers' demise as the fell 5-1 to the Bisons Thursday.
Southpaw Ricky Romero notched a solid outing for Buffalo, holding the Clippers to one run on five hits in six innings. He also managed to strike out seven batters en route to his third win of the season.
Romero surrendered his lone run in the first inning and completely dominated from there. The key for the left-hander was his ability to keep runners off the base paths and when he did put them on he left them right where they were.
On the night, the Clippers stranded a total of six runners on the bases.
Columbus starter Trevor Bauer seemed to have some control problems during his five innings of work. He consistently left pitches up in the zone and had a difficult time hitting his locations. He allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and walking five batters as opposed to just two strikeouts.
After designated hitter Jeremy Hermida gave the Clippers a quick 1-0 advantage with a solo home run off the scoreboard in right-center field in the bottom of the first inning, Buffalo responded in a big way.
Bauer shot himself in the foot in the second frame, making numerous mistakes that lead to the huge inning by the Bisons.
Bauer issued free passes to the next pair of hitters and catcher Mike Nickeas laid down a bunt that rolled back to the mound. The right-hander attempted to get the out at first but his throw went wild and left fielder Mike McCoy sped around third to score another run.
Right fielder Kevin Pillar capped off the early rally with an RBI groundout to third to put Buffalo up 4-1.
Goins bunted for a base hit in the fifth inning for to give the Bisons their fifth run of the contest.
The Columbus bullpen held strong in gave their team an opportunity to get back into the game but their efforts were wasted.
After the setback, the Clippers sink further in the International League West with a record of 53-61.
Columbus and Toledo are set to for another match-up with a 7:15 p.m. contest Friday. Clippers right-hander Danny Salazar (3-2, 2.98 ERA) will look to keep his hot streak intact as he faces Bisons left-hander J.A. Happ (0-1, 7.21 ERA).