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Pitching helps Columbus dispatch Hens
Matsuzaka strikes out nine
07/12/2013 10:50 PM ET

Columbus won a 2-1 pitcher's duel over Toledo thanks largely to an outstanding start by Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The Clippers got on the board first with an RBI single by Chun Chen in the bottom of the third. Toledo would later tie this game in the top of the six thanks to a Nick Castellanos solo homer.

Daisuke Matsuzaka certainly brought his "A" game against the Hens. The Japanese righty (ND) pitched seven strong innings, striking out nine and walking two while handcuffing Toledo to one run on six hits.

In the eighth, Columbus took back the lead. Following a one out triple by Matt Carson, Luis Hernandez hit a grounder up the middle that drove home Carson to make it a 2-1 game.

Preston Guilmet (S, 17) came on in the top of the ninth and clinched another victory for Columbus. Blake Wood (W, 1-0) was awarded the win for the Clippers. Brayan Villareal (L, 2-2) took the loss for Toledo.

Columbus will travel west to the Circle City of Indianapolis to play three games with the Indians before heading into the All-Star break. A doubleheader will be played at Victory Field that night, with game one a continuation of an 12 inning game that was rained out at Huntington Park on Wednesday. First pitch for that contest is 7:05 PM. In the second game, the Clippers will give the ball to righty Trevor Bauer (4-2, 4.06). Indy will counter with a right-hander of their own in Brandon Cumpton (4-5, 3.69). 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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