Arias, Columbus Clippers shutout Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-0
MOOSIC, Pa. –– When your pitcher can dictate a game, everything else seems to fall into place.
That’s what happened to the Columbus Clippers (63-56) on Thursday evening, as they rode a terrific start by Gabriel Arias to a 7-0 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (57-60).
The Clippers were the first team to put a string of hits together in the third inning, and it led to the game’s first run. James Ramseygot things going with a one-out double, and he scored when Dusty Brown followed him with another two-bagger. But that was all Columbus could muster.
Meanwhile, Clippers starting pitcher Gabriel Arias stifled the RailRiders lineup, allowing only one hit over the first three innings.
Columbus added to its league with a big fourth inning. Just like they had in the third, the Clippers started things off with a double, this time from Jesus Aguilar. But a strikeout by Giovanny Urshela and a Zach Walters groundout made it look like Aguilar’s hit would go to waste.
But Carlos Moncrief came through in a clutch situation, singled home Aguilar to double his team’s lead. Then came the most important hit of the inning: Audy Ciriaco slammed a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall to make it 4-0.
The RailRiders finally made some noise in the home half of the fourth. Robert Refsnyder and Zoilo Almonte both reached to begin the inning, but Austin Romine grounded into a crucial double play, before Arias struck out Kyle Roller to end the inning.
The Clippers were at it again in the fifth. Holt drew a one-out walk, and quickly stole second with Lindor at the plate. That was all the advantage he’d need when Lindor singled into right, with Holt scoring to make it 5-0.
Ramsey got in on the act in the ninth with a two-run homer, making it 9-0.
Arias wound up going seven strong innings in which he gave up only three hits and didn’t walk a batter. Shaun Marcum came on in the eighth to make his debut after spending most of the season on the DL, and retired the side with only one walk.
Bryan Price closed out the game in the ninth to give the Clippers their fourth win in five games.
The two teams continue their four-game series on Friday night at 7:05. Kyle Davies is set to take the hill for Columbus.