INDIANAPOLIS – After being held scoreless by Bruce Chen and the Columbus Clippers on opening night Thursday, the Indianapolis Indians had similar luck against Danny Salazar on Friday night.
The Clippers kept the Indians off of the scoreboard for a second consecutive night and won game two of four in this season opening series, 3-0.
Jamey Ramsey hit a two-run home run to right field in the top of the first inning for the Clippers and Jesus Aguilar doubled home Columbus’ third and final run in the third.
Salazar, the Clippers starter, only allowed four hits on the night and struck out seven. Just like on Thursday, the Indians only managed to collect five total hits in the contest.
The Indians’ best threat came in the bottom of the seventh inning, when with runners on first and second base Mel Rojas Jr. crushed a pitch deep down the right field line that was ultimately ruled foul. Rojas Jr. followed the near game-tying home run by grounding out to second to end the inning.
On the mound for the Tribe, starter Adrian Sampson fought through giving up seven hits and walking four batters to keep the Clippers at just three runs. In his five innings of work, Sampson got out of serious jams in both the third and fifth innings.
In the third, Indianapolis second baseman Alen Hanson caught Carlos Moncrief’s line drive and tossed the ball to shortstop Gustavo Nunez for a double play that sparked the end of the Clippers rally. Then in the fifth, Rojas Jr. threw out Tyler Holt at the plate to record the first of three outs following back-to-back walks from Sampson to begin the frame.
Sampson’s resilient start ended up going to waste, as the Indians could not break through on the Clippers’ pitching.
The Indians will try again to win their first game, and score their first run, of the season when they face the Clippers at Victory Field on Saturday. Chris Volstad is scheduled to take the ball for the Tribe with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.