Photo credi: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

St. Paul Saints 8, Columbus Clippers 7- W: Sanchez (4-1) L: Tully (5-1)

Tanner Tully suffered his first loss of the season Tuesday, primarily because of the six runs given up in the first two innings. It was immediately apparent that the southpaw didn’t have his best stuff, as he gave up three doubles in the first inning, allowing two runs.

His fastball seemed to be the culprit, as it hovered around 89-90 mph with zero movement. Tully lacked command of it for the majority of his outing, especially when he gave up a grand slam in the second inning off a 90 mph fastball. He did manage to bounce back the next couple of innings, with his change-up working well while throwing a lot of strikes (about double the amount of balls).

The Clippers didn’t go down without a fight, however. They came back to score four runs in the fourth to be within two, then both teams scored one in the fifth, making it 8-6, Saints. After two walks to begin the ninth, Saints’ closer Juan Minaya settled down to strike out two of the Clippers’ biggest power threats in Bobby Bradley and Nolan Jones. After an RBI single by Bryan Lavastida, Columbus couldn’t manage to squeeze in an extra run to tie it, losing the series opener by one.

Pitching Velocities

Tanner Tully (LHP)

1st: 88, 90, 89, 79, 90, 83, 82, 82, 83, 91, 84, 90, 89, 

2nd: 89, 80, 83, 81, 83, 89, 90, 75, 79, 83, 89, 82, 80, 82, 83, 81, 90, 88, 90, 90, 82, 82, 81, 82, 84, 80

3rd: 89, 83, 82, 90, 82, 81, 90, 89, 83, 90

4th: 83, 88, 81, 88, 82, 89, 83, 89, 81, 80, 89

5th: 89, 89, 89, 90, 84, 82, 89, 88, 81, 

Justin Garza (RHP)

5th: 94, 95, 85, 83, 95, 89

6th: 90, 91, 94, 95

Tim Herrin (LHP)

6th: 88, 89, 96, 87, 88, 96, 96, 90

7th: 89, 88, 90, 85, 88, 97

Kevin Kelly (RHP)

7th: 78, 90, 92, 91, 91

Yohan Ramirez (RHP)

8th: 96, 95, 82, 82, 82, 96, 97, 82, 82, 96, 83, 89, 95

Anthony Castro (RHP)

9th: 80, 83, 95, 93, 94, 95, 95, 83, 83

Bullpen lights out, allowing no runs

After Tully was removed following 4.1 innings, the bullpen kept Columbus in the game. Justin Garza came in for relief of Tully and quickly got two outs, only needing six pitches. His fastball, which was five to six miles per hour faster than Tully’s, combined with his off-speed pitches, kept St. Paul off-balanced.

Yohan Ramirez also impressed, striking out the first two batters faced off of nine pitches. His fastball was dominant, reaching as high as 97 mph. He got Alex Kirilloff, who previously hit the grand slam in the second, to line out to Will Brennan in center field to end the inning.

Notes

The Clippers will attempt to bounce back Wednesday in their second game against the Saints, beginning at 7:05. Columbus’ starter will be Aaron Civale, making a second rehab start for the Clippers, while St. Paul will put Ronny Henriquez, who is 0-2 with a 7.68 ERA on the mound. 

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