COLUMBUS - After winning 7 games in a row the Columbus Clippers (44-51) lose their 3rd straight game Tuesday night to the Memphis Redbirds (46-51). Memphis came out strong with their bats scoring all 8 of its runs in the 1st inning. 4 of the runs scored in the 1st for Memphis came from batters that were walked. The Clippers would only walk 2 batters the rest of the game, but they just couldn’t battle back ultimately losing to the Redbirds 8-4.
Robert Broom (2-2) made his first start as a Clipper, and only the 2nd start of his career. I guess it’s not a complete surprise then that Broom struggled, giving up 6 runs on 3 hits (1 home run) and walking 3 batters. Broom only faced 7 batters and threw 33 pitches, 17 being strikes.
Then the Clippers brought in Danny Young who didn’t do much better. On Young’s 5th pitch of the night ,his 1st 4 pitches were balls, the Redbirds Scott Hurst hit a grand slam into right field giving Memphis their final runs of the night bringing them to 8. Young would give up 2 hits, 2 runs and walk 1 before the 2nd inning ended.
In the 3rd inning Kevin Herget was brought in and he led the Clippers bullpen with three shutout innings. Herget only allowed 1 hit and didn’t walk a single batter. The Clippers were able to hold Memphis scoreless over the final 7 innings.
In his 3rd game playing for the Clippers Will Benson, who was assigned to the Clippers on August 20th from the Akron Rubberducks, went 3 for 3 and scored a run for the Clippers. Mike Rivera had an RBI. Connor Marabell went 2 for 3 and got an RBI of his own. Nolan Jones also got in on the RBI action getting his 44th RBI of the season. Jones still leads the Clippers in RBI’s followed by Lavarnway with 39 and Marabell with 38. The Clippers would outhit the Redbirds 11-8 for the game.
The Clippers will play The Memphis Redbirds again Wednesday at 8:05 p.m EST. To watch the game LIVE visit www.milb.tv or to listen to the game go to www.milb.com/columbus. The next home game for the Clippers is Tuesday, Aug. 31 vs. St. Paul, 6:15 p.m at Huntington Park.