Moosic, PA – The Columbus Clippers bats came up short to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Tuesday night as the team fell 2-1 in what was the first of eight straight road games for the Clippers.
Tuesday night showcased a pitching duel between the Clippers right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka and RailRiders right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances.
Matsuzaka had his best outing of the season as he pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed just three hits and two earn runs. Matsuzaka also added eight strikeouts to his stat line. On the RailRiders mound, 6-foot-8-inch Betances went seven innings and only gave up three hits and one run. Betances also struck out seven Clippers to pick-up his first win of the season (1-2).
Clippers Manager Chris Tremie said that he believed the weather could have played a factor in the improved performance by Matsuzaka.
"I think he commanded the ball a lot better tonight than in his previous outing," said Tremie. "He really looked good, located his fastball ...