Germano, Bison blank Clippers
Justin Germano and two Buffalo relief pitchers handed the Clippers their 15th shutout loss of the season, 1-0, tonight in Huntington Park.
Germano (7-7) handcuffed Columbus on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Tommy Hottovy got the third out in the eighth and Brad Lincoln worked the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.
Carlos Carrasco pitched the first six innings for the Clippers. He allowed no runs and two hits. He walked none and struck out five while dropping his earned run average for the season to 2.70.
Carrasco, who is on a strict innings limit set by the Cleveland Indians, left a 0-0 tie to Fernando Nieve. He struck out the side in the seventh but ran into trouble in the eighth.
Andy LaRoche opened the inning by drawing a walk from Nieve (5-3). Ryan Goins followed with a double to move LaRoche to third base. Sean Ochinko delivered a sacrifice fly to score the game's only run.
Ryan Rohlinger led the Clippers with three hits. The No. 3 and No. 4 hitters in the lineup, Chun-Hsiu Chen and Jeremy Hermida, were 0 for 8 with two strikeouts and a double play to show for their night's work.
Columbus has one home run in hitter-friendly Huntington Park over the first five games of the homestand.
Second baseman Cord Phelps went to Cleveland today to have his strained right wrist examined. Clippers manager Chris Tremie continues to play with 11 position players on his roster.
Tremie also lost pitcher Joe Martinez today. The Indians designated him for assignment before the start of the game to make 40-man roster room after acquiring left-handed relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals.