LOUISVILLE, KY – In his first two starts of the season, Columbus Clippers (2-6) starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd has done his best Jekyll and Hyde impersonation.
After giving up six earned runs in 3.1 innings last Sunday, Cloyd was outstanding in his return performance in the Clippers 4-2 win over the Louisville Bats (4-3) on Friday night.
Cloyd retired the first nine batters he faced and was pitch efficient (86 in eight innings). In a 2-1 game in the seventh, the Bats threatened with back-to-back singles to start the inning from Felix Perez and Chris Nelson. Cloyd got Mike Costanzo to line out to center and coaxed a ground ball to second for a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
He finished his night as strong as he began it, by retiring the side in order in the eighth.
The Bats did not reach base until a leadoff single in the fourth off the bat of Hernan Iribarren. He got the next batter Jason Bourgeois to ground into a double play and it seemed as though he would get through ...