PAWTUCKET-The Pawtucket Red Sox offense once again had a hard time scoring runs, falling to the Columbus Clippers tonight 2-1 at McCoy.
The PawSox could only muster four hits and were held hitless from the third inning until Aaron Bates hit a two out single in the bottom of the ninth.
“One school of thought is to wait for (the offense) to get better, the other is to really hammer away at it.” said PawSox Manager Torey Lovullo, “We had a number of opportunities to blow this game open with timely hitting. We just couldn’t get the hit at the right time.”
The Clippers runs came in the top of the second on a two run homer by 3B Jared Goedert off PawSox starter Ramon Ramirez.
Shoddy Columbus defense led to the PawSox’ only run in the bottom of the first. Tug Hulett led off with a walk. Jorge Jimenez grounded to short in what should have been a double play, but Clippers’ 2B Josh Rodriguez relay throw to first went wild, allowing Jimenez to reach. Angel Sanchez then hit a liner to center which sailed over the head of Jose Constanza, scoring Jimenez.
The Columbus pitching effort was led by starter Josh Tomlin. Tomlin (6-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked five and struck out four.
Ramirez (1-2) worked a total of 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits. He walked two, struck out two and hit a batter. He threw 72 pitches, 48 for strikes.
PawSox reliever Robert Coello had another impressive outing, shutting the Clippers down over 3 2/3 innings. He gave up only one hit, striking out five. Fabio Castro pitched a scoreless ninth.
“Our starting pitching and bullpen has been outstanding over the last three weeks.” said Lovullo, “We’ve been able to win all of our baseball games because of our pitching.”
Goedert was joined by LF Matt LaPorta and 1B Wes Hidges in collecting two hits each for the Clippers.
Game three of the series will be tomorrow night at 6:05p.m. Aaron Laffey (0-1, 4.91 ERA) pitches for the Clippers. Adam Mills (1-5, 3.57 ERA) takes the mount for Pawtucket.