Columbus, Ohio- The Coulmbus Clippers (42-52) got a great performance from T.J. House to snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians (59-35). The teams have split the first two games of the series.
Left-hander T.J. House made his seventeenth start of the year and thirteenth in Triple-A for the Clippers. He was opposed by righty Graham Godfrey for the Indians.
The Clippers gave House an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Left fielder Jeremy Hermida led off with a single, and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Shortstop Juan Diaz singled home Hermida to plate the first run.
Second baseman Nate Spears hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot in the third inning, to give the Clippers a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, designated hitter Tim Fedroff singled with two outs. Godfrey attempted to pickoff Fedroff but the throw was wide off the bag, giving Fedroff second base. First baseman Chun Chen capitalized on the error to single home Fedroff. Columbus held a 3-0 lead after five innings.
House earned his second Triple-A win and first since May with six one-hit innings. The only hit allowed was a two-out double in the first. He walked four batters and struck out five Indians. Matt Langwell entered for the seventh inning.
Columbus added a final run while knocking Godfrey out of the game in the seventh. Centerfielder Ezequiel Carrera reached on a fielding error by Indians’ catcher Lucas May. Carrera was erased by a fielder’s choice off the bat of Fedroff. Chen followed with a single to put runners on first and second with two outs. Godfrey came out of the game and was replaced by Erik Cordier. Cordier moved the runners up with a wild pitch. Fedroff scored when May botched a return throw to the mound.
Godfrey took the loss, with four runs (two earned) allowed on eight hits in six and two-third innings. He walked one and fanned one.
The Indians loaded the bases against Langwell in the eighth inning but were kept off the board.
Langwell and Fernando Nieve combined to shut out the Indians with three scoreless innings.
For the Indians, Cordier retired the only batter he faced and Tim Alderson followed with a scoreless eighth inning.
On the night, Chen and Diaz led the team with two hits each. Spears had the only extra-base hit (home run) in the game for Columbus.
Columbus will conclude their three game series with Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon in the rubber game. Clippers righty Joe Martinez (2-6, 6.23) will face off against Indians lefty Andy Oliver (5-2, 3.12). First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PM.