• Errors and base running blunders trip up Tribe in series opening loss to Clippers

    April 18, 2012 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians offense was stymied by Columbus starter Corey Kluber, who struck out seven over six innings, while the Clippers scored five runs on eight hits highlighted by Matt Pagnozzi’s solo home run  as the Tribe fell 5-1 last night at Victory Field.

    The Clippers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second off of Tribe starter Justin Wilson when Wilson walked Clippers right fielder Chad Huffman with two outs.  Columbus then used a double, a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to take the early lead.

    The Indians had an opportunity to respond in the bottom of the frame but baserunning mistakes proved to be too costly.

    The Clippers added another run in the top of the third after Matt LaPorta singled with two outs and eventually came around to score on a groundball off the bat of Russ Canzler that was misplayed by 3B Matt Hague and then thrown away. Hague was charged with two errors on the play and Columbus took a 3-0 lead.

    That lead would stand until the bottom of the fifth, when the Indians mounted another comeback attempt that was foiled in part by baserunning mistakes. Back-to-back-to-back singles by RF Brandon Boggs, C KrisWatts and CF Gorkys Hernandez put runners on first and second and a run across the plate.

    But Indianapolis quickly went from having two on with none out to having one on with two out after a strikeout and a pickoff. Tribe 2B Brian Friday would, however, reach on an error to put runners on the corners, but a lineout ended to inning and closed the book on the Indians scoring for the night.

    Columbus added an insurance run in the top of the sixth on Pagnozzi’s solo home run to right and another in the top of the ninth when Pagnozzi led off the frame with a walk  and scored on a two-out double down the left field line by 2B Cord Phelps.

    Columbus starter Corey Kluber was impressive, moving to 3-0 on the season in three starts. Clippers relievers Chen Lee and Chris Ray combined for three innings of scoreless baseball and allowed only one base runner apiece.

    Wilson suffered the loss after being hurt by walks and costly errors. Meanwhile, reliever Daniel McCutchen tossed back-to-back scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth.

    The Indians and Clippers face off again today with a business day special start time of 1:05 p.m. The Tribe’s LHP Jeff Locke is set for his third start of the season while Columbus is expected to counter with RHP Scott Barnes who will also make his third start of 2012.

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