Governor’s Cup Finals – Game 1
Iron Pigs 5, Clippers 2 (box)
LHV leads series 1-0
After a solid appearance in Game 1 of the first round, the Clippers went back to their “ace” to try to take the first game of the Governor’s Cup Championship. After holding Durham to no runs in his first round start, Zach McAllister was unable to bring that same stuff to his start last night.
Lehigh Valley jumped on him early to take a 4-0 lead, and Scott Mathieson was good enough to slow down the Clippers’ bats. Brandon Moss provided the Iron Pigs’ big blow in the first inning, and Columbus never recovered. McAllister was able to get the lead-off man to pop out, but after that the Iron Pigs got singles from Scott Podsednik and Kevin Frandsen to bring Moss to the dish.
Moss mashed a McAllister pitch to deep center, and just like that it was 3-0 Lehigh Valley.
Columbus went 1-2-3 pretty meekly in the bottom of the first, and Lehigh Valley leadoff the second with a double and single back-to-back, and a ground-out from Podsednik would make it 4-0. The Clippers would threaten in the bottom of the second with two lead-off singles, but could get nothing across the plate.
The Clippers finally got to Mathieson in the fifth, as Paul Phillips led off with a single. Argenis Reyes followed with a double, and Tim Fedroff drove Phillips home with a single. This was the best chance Columbus had to really get back into the game, with runners on the corner and no one out and a run already in. A Juan Diaz fielder’s choice made it 4-2, but erased a base runner at second base. The Clippers could do no more, and 4-2 was as close as they would get.
The Iron Pigs’ bullpen worked the final four innings, allowing just two hits and scattering four walks. Justin De Fratus worked around a hit and two walks to earn the save in the ninth.
McAllister just didn’t have his good stuff early, though after the rocky first two innings he did settle in. After giving up six hits and four runs in the first two innings, Zach Attack settled in and worked through the eighth inning, allowing just five more hits the rest of the way. However, Mike Sarbaugh sent him out for the ninth, and probably shouldn’t have. He gave up a lead-off home run to Cody Overbeck, and then Erik Kratz followed with a double to chase McAllister. Overall, he worked 8.0 innings, allowing 11 hits and five runs. He walked one and struck out six, but it was the two home runs that killed him. The three run bomb in the first actually provided enough to keep Columbus out of the game.
Game 2 is at 7:05 tonight at Huntington Park. The Fury Mitch Talbot takes the hill for Columbus, and Dave Bush will get the ball for the Iron Pigs.
DP is a native north-eastern Ohioan who has been living in Columbus since 1999. DP's main area of concentration here at WFNY is the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team, and you can catch his weekly 5-Hole columns each Tuesday. During the summers, you can also catch up on all the Columbus Clippers news that's fit to print in his Clip Show columns. In his spare time, he works in publishing, plays the drums, and wastes hundreds of dollars on Browns season tickets.