Michael Aubrey homers in the bottom of the 2nd
On a very hot and humid evening the Norfolk Tides and Columbus Clippers met for the second game of what is a critical series for both teams. The Tides are hoping to start making up ground in the International League Southern division and working their way back into contention. The Clippers face the situation of making sure that they remain on top of the Western division of the IL. The Clippers had taken game one of the series by a score of 6-1 on Thursday night behind an outstanding pitching performance by Carlos Carrasco. Despite the weather conditions which were just as miserable as were Thursday’s game it appeared as though two completely different teams had taken the field. The game was high scoring and pitchers melted in the heat and withered under the offensive barrage of their opponent. In fact with the exception of the 9th inning runs were scored in each inning of the game. It seemed that no matter what a pitcher did the result was going to be a hit or walk as there were 31 hits and 12 walks in the game.
The game was one of the most offensively offensive this year at Harbor Park as the teams scored a combined 21 runs had 32 hits and committed 5 errors. Additionally the pitchers walked 11 and hit 1 with a pitch. The teams left 23 men on base 16 in scoring position with 2 outs. Pitchers threw 343 pitches in the game which lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Rhyne Hughes hits one of his two doubles
The game was a see-saw affair. Columbus got on the board first in the top of the 1st inning with back to back home runs by Jordan Brown and Jared Goedert. The Tides answered in the bottom of the 2nd with 3 runs of their own on a Michael Aubrey double and Rhyne Hughes single as well as 2 Columbus errors and a hit batsman. The Tides took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd on Robert Andino’s 9th home run to lead off the inning. The Clippers regained the lead in the top of the 4th inning when Josh Rodriguez hit a single to drive in two runners with 2 outs. In the bottom half of 4th Paco Figueroa doubled to lead off the inning but was left stranded on 3rd.
In the top half of the 5th inning Columbus seemed to take control, at least for a half an inning as they scored two more runs off Tides starter Troy Patton. Nick Weglarz doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Cord Phelps and following a walk issued to Lou Marson Patton was pulled from the game replaced by Pat Egan who gave up a single to Ezequiel Carrera before getting out of the inning. With the score now 7-4 it looked as if the Tides were on their way to yet another loss. However this was not to be so. In the bottom of the 5th the Tides struck back on a Rhyne Hughes double which scored Jeff Salazar and Michael Aubrey’s 7th home run of the season a two run blast which tied the game yet again. The Tides took the lead in the bottom of the 6th using some “small ball” scoring 2 runs on 2 singles a walk and a wild pitch.
Jeff Salazar gets a RBI single
But the Clippers were not done scoring 2 in the top of the 7th to tie the game. It looked like the game would go into the 8th tied but the Tides mounted a 2 out blitz to score two more runs when Blake Davis walked and went to 2nd base on a Matt Angle single. Robert Andino walked to load the bases and Jeff Salazar singled to score Davis and Angle. They would add an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning when Rhyne Hughes clubbed his second double of the game and scored on a single by Paco Figueroa. Denis Sarfate would come on in the 9th for the save ending the inning with an epic 13 pitch battle with Columbus slugger Jared Goedert.
In all the Clippers had 9 runs on 16 hits committing 3 errors and leaving 13 men on base while the Tides had 12 runs on 16 hits and 2 errors leaving 10 stranded. Neither starter figured in the decision reliever Jim Hoey (1-0 0.0 ERA) making his first appearance in relief for the Tides this year got the win going 1.1 innings giving up a hit but no runs and Denis Sarfate notched his 12th save of the campaign. Jeremy Sowers took the loss giving up 4 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks in 1.2 innings of relief.
The teams meet tonight amid scatter rain showers which could delay the game with Zack Britton (0-1 2.53 ERA) on the hill for the Tides against Columbus right-hander Josh Tomlin (8-3 2.58) who has the third best record in the International League.
Well I’m off to the game.
Carlos Carrasco held the Tides to just 2 hits
There was a pitcher’s duel on Thursday night at Harbor Park but it occurred in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings between Columbus Clipper’s starter Carlos Carrasco and Norfolk Tides reliever Jim Miller. Apart from Miller the Tides pitchers did not show up and without Matt Angle’s lead off single and a throwing error by Clipper’s catcher Lou Marson in the 1st inning the Clippers would have had a shutout.
Jim Miller pitched 3 innings of 1 hit scoreless relief
The game featured Carrasco going up against Tim Bascom and in their previous starts against the opposing team neither had done well leading me to believe that the game had potential to be a high scoring game. The game started favorably for the Tides as Bascom set the Clippers down in order in the top of the 1st and the Tides scored an unearned run when Angle singled, stole second and advanced to third on Marson’s throwing error. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Aubrey. The Tides would then go 19 outs without a hit when Rhyne Hughes singled with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th. A further hit was added by Angle in the bottom of the 9th.
Matt Angle slides into 3rd in the 1st inning
The Clippers did not have a problem with Bascom scoring 3 runs in the top of the 2nd and forcing the Tides to get relievers up in the bullpen. Bascom threw 40 pitches in that frame giving up the 3 runs on 3 hits which included a ground rule double and a 2 run home run. Bascom was able to get through the top of the 3rd inning but he struggled giving up another double and throwing 20 pitches driving his pitch count to 75 pitches in just three innings work. Bascom left the game and Jim Miller entered to pitch three scoreless innings giving up just 1 hit and striking out 3 Clippers.
Columbus 1st Baseman Wes Hodges comes down with a high throw to put out Nolan Reimold
Miller was followed by Mike Hinckley who also struggled. Hinckley gave up 2 runs on 3 hits walking 2 and striking out 1 in 2 innings of work. This made the score 5-1 and the Clippers added an insurance run in the 9th against equally ineffective Cla Meredith and save for a double play to end the inning the damage could have been worse.
Interim Manager Bobby Dickerson was on leave and the team seemed to be flat and have little energy. The Clippers had 6 runs on 11 hits with 1 error and left 7 men on base. The Tides 1 run on 3 hits with no errors leaving 3 runners stranded. The game was winnable for the Tides until the 7th as Miller held the Clippers and had the Tides offense been able to get in gear likely would have provided the edge in a possible win. The winning pitcher was Carrasco (8-4 4.10 ERA) while Bascom (2-4 6.15 ERA) took the loss.
In personnel matters Andy Mitchell was reassigned to Aberdeen to make room for Jim Hoey up from Bowie and Josh Bell was recalled to Baltimore as Matt Wieters is now on the disabled list with a pulled hamstring injury.
The teams meet again at Harbor Park tonight with Dan Huff (3-0 4.15 ERA) pitching for the Clippers against lefty Troy Patton (6-9 4.67 ERA) on the hill for the Tides. As of late Patton has been pitching well winning three of his last 5 decisions with an ERA of 3.68. Huff is back down at AAA after going 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 appearances for the Indians.
I’ll be there to watch.
Well baseball is back following the All-Star break and I will be back on track with other baseball articles including my mid season playoff predictions in the next few days. I got all verklempt about my dad over the weekend and that extended through the All-Star Game. So the Tides are in town against the Columbus Clippers the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Clippers lead the IL West with a record of 55-36 and now have the best team batting average (.288) in the league by a sizable margin over the Durham Bulls. The Bulls still have the better record as well as pitching.
The Tides have improved since Bobby Dickerson stepped into the managerial post and have the potential to still come out of the season above .500 which barring a complete collapse by Durham and several non-divisional teams will not place them in the playoffs even as a wild card.
However this series could be a good series for the Tides as they do better in Harbor Park tan on the road. Tonight Carlos Carrasco (7-4 4.38 ERA) will take the hill against the Tides Tim Bascom (2-3 5.87 ERA) who is coming off his worst outing of the year being spanked by Durham giving up 5 runs, 4 earned on 7 hits in 4.1 innings work. . Carrasco lost in his last outing against the Tides giving up 4 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings work. Bascom was also beaten about by the Clippers on June 15th giving up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4.2 innings work. Looking at the pitchers prior performance this could be a game for hitters and for some reason I do not expect a pitcher’s duel.
I’m off to the game.
Robert Andino had 3 RBIs in the Tides 6-3 win over Columbus Monday
Well it wasn’t the prettiest win but Armando Gabino gutted out six innings against the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Field on Monday night to notch his fourth win of the season. Gabino showed a lot of fortitude after giving up a leadoff double in the 1st inning to Michael Brantley who scored on a Nick Weglarz single with one out. Gabino got out of that inning and gave up another run in the 2nd inning when Jared Goedert homered to left with 2 outs in the inning. He gave up doubles in the 3rd, 4th and 6th innings but each time with the pressure on was able to work out of each jam against a very good hitting Clippers lineup.
Armando Gabino picked up his 4th win of the 2010 season
The Tides bats came back to life and with the Tides down 1-0 in the top of the 2nd inning it was Third Baseman Josh Bell that tolled loudly for the Tides as he homered over the right field wall on a 1 and 2 count. With the Tides down 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning Michael Aubrey doubled and was followed by Bell who also doubled to score Aubrey. Bell came home on a Nolan Reimold single to give the Tides the lead at 3-2 and on Monday they would not fall behind again. The Tides added to their lead in the 5th inning when Michel Hernandez led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Davis. Matt Angle flied out to deep right which allowed Hernandez to take third base. Robert Andino came to the plate with two outs and Andino who has been a RBI machine of late singled to score Hernandez to make the lead 4-3 providing the insurance that the Tides would need to seal the deal.
Andy Mitchell made his third middle relief of the series again holding the hard hitting Clippers
Andy Mitchell came into the game in the top of the 7th inning to make his third appearance in three games against the Clippers. Mitchell struck out Jared Goedert but then gave up consecutive singles to Cord Phelps and Michael Brantley placing runners on first and second with one out. Seeking a double play ball it appeared that Mitchell would get it when Josh Rodriguez hit the ball back to Mitchell who had trouble with it and then threw wide to second pulling Blake Davis off the bag and loading the bases. With Davis arguing the call at second and Mitchell preparing to join in Tides Manager Bobby Dickerson came to the mound and helped calm down the normally unflappable Mitchell who then pitched out of the jam getting Nick Weglarz to ground out scoring Phelps and then getting Matt LaPorta to ground out on a 3-1 count.
Josh Bell got his 7th home run of the season as well as an RBI double
With the Tides now leading 4-3 Denis Sarfate came in for a 2 out save attempt. Sarfate who had 7 saves going into the night allowed a single to Jordan Brown but got Wes Hodges on a double play when he attempted to bunt sacrifice Brown to second. Sarfate then struck out Lou Marson to end the inning.
In the top of the 9th the Tides offense struck again and once more Robert Andino would be in the mix. Brandon Snyder led off the inning sending a 1-0 pitch by reliever Joe Smith into center field for a single. Michel Hernandez reached on a force attempt on a throwing error by First Baseman Jordan Brown. Blake Davis sacrificed bunted to advance Snyder to third and Hernandez to second. Smith then intentionally walked Matt Angle to load the bases hoping to create conditions for a double play. This was not to be as Smith had to face the clutch hitting Robert Andino who on the first pitch singled to left field scoring both Snyder and Hernandez to make the lead 6-3.
Sarfate then faced the Clippers in the bottom of the 9th. He struck out Jared Goedert for the first out but then walked Cord Phelps. However the glimmer of hope given to the Clippers was short lived when on a 0-2 count Sarfate got Michael Brantley to ground into a four-six-three double play to end the inning and the game.
The Tides had 6 runs on 10 hits and 2 errors leaving seven runners on base while the Clippers had 3 runs on 9 hits and no errors also stranding seven. Armando Gabino (4-0 2.62 ERA) got the win for the Tides and Sarfate got his 8th save. The loss went to Clippers starter Carlos Carrasco (5-3 4.22ERA). Today the teams conclude the series with Tim Bascom (0-1 3.86) making his second AAA appearance for the Tides going up against Jeanmar Gomez (3-7 6.96 ERA). In San Fransisco former Tides starter Chris Tillman was manhandled by the Giants as the Orioles lost to the Giants 10-2 in interleague play. The Orioles have lost 17 of their last 18 games with the only win coming on the arm of recently promoted Jake Arietta.
Until next time…