(bisons.com)-In the midst of a five-game winning streak, the Bisons came back down to Earth.
The Clippers outhit, outpitched and had the edge defensively to defeat the Bisons, 9-0 at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday afternoon. The loss snapped the Bisons five-game winning streak.
"Easy game to file right there, especially the way we've been playing lately " Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "[We'll] put this one behind us and forget about it...Can't worry about it. Just have to go out there and get them tomorrow."
Columbus scattered 11 hits and scored three unearned runs, as a result of two Bisons errors. The Clippers quietly got a dominant outing from right-hander Zach McAllister. McAllister pitched seven ⅓ scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six. McAllister lowered his ERA to 1.49 in four starts.
"First off, he got ahead on everybody," Allenson said. "Everybody was behind strike one it seemed like. Basically, [he] got ahead with his fastball. He got his other stuff over the plate. He obviously pitched better than we did today."
Deck McGuire started the game for the Bisons and went six innings, allowing three earned runs (one unearned) on six hits, while walking three and striking out five. McGuire had a 2.36 ERA through his first three Triple-A starts this season, but since then, McGuire has allowed three runs or more in four-straight starts and has seen his ERA climb to 5.40.
"His first three starts were really good, the last four he's different," Allenson said. "He's up in the zone, he's behind, he's not getting his breaking ball over when he's behind in the count."
Roberto Perez gave the Clippers an early 1-0 lead on a solo homer in the second inning. McGuire got out of further trouble by inducing a 6-4-3 double to end the inning. Ryan Schimpf's throw from second to first pulled Dan Johnson off the bag, but Johnson was able to swipe the tag on Columbus' Adam Abraham.
McGuire served up another home run in third, a two-run shot by Jesus Aguilar. The Clippers took advantage of a throwing error by catcher Erik Kratz error to push an unearned run across in the fourth and two more unearned runs in the seventh off an error by Jared Goedert.
Kyle Drabek and Ryan Tepera came on in relief of McGuire and surrendered three and two runs, respectively. Drabek worked the seventh and eighth, before Tepera pitched the ninth.
The Bisons and Clippers conclude their four-game set with the series finale on Friday. Kyle Davies (4-4, 3.81 ERA) will get the start for the Bisons and P.J Walters (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will get the ball for the Clippers.