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Banwart, Clippers blank Mud Hens, 4-0

Columbus scored 3 runs in the second inning behind a Rohlinger 2-run blast

Banwart, Clippers blank Mud Hens, 4-0
Clippers second baseman Ryan Rohlinger went 1-for-3 and his lone hit was a two-run home run in the second inning. The blast was Rohlinger's fifth of the season. (Photo credit: Brittany Chay)
June 29, 2014
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TOLEDO, OH – Another impressive pitching performance, another solid win.

Three days after Zach McAllister dominated the Buffalo Bisons, Travis Banwart repeated the feat against the Toledo Mud Hens, and went seven innings in a 4-0 Clippers win.

With the win, Columbus (44-39) completes the sweep of Toledo (39-45), and has won three of its last four games.

The Clippers’ win on Sunday got going in the second inning.

Giovanny Urshela doubled to centerfield to lead off the inning, and Carlos Moncrief singled him home one out later.

Ryan Rohlinger came to the plate with two outs with Moncrief on first. The second baseman then hit his fifth home run of the season into left field, and the Clippers led 3-0.

After that big inning neither team could get going offensively.

Aside from the three-run third inning, Toledo starter Duane Below performed pretty well. He allowed just three other hits, and no Columbus hitter got on base more than once.

Banwart looked even sharper for Columbus. In his seven innings he allowed just five hits, two runs as he struck out six.

Toledo threatened for the first time in the fourth, but Banwart got James McCann to ground into a double play with two on and nobody out.

The Clippers finally added to their lead in the eighth. Evan Reed replaced Duane Below, and he struck out Justin Sellers to start the inning.

But that’s when Tyler Holt took over.

Holt singled off Reed, and promptly stole both second and third base while Elliot Johnson was at the plate. Johnson eventually struck out, but Jesus Aguilar followed and put the Clippers up 4-0 with a single.

Holt’s two steals means he’s taken nine bags on the year.

C.C. Lee and Austin Adams sailed through the final two innings in relief, and the Clippers ran out comfortable winners.

The Clippers return home on Monday for a two-game set with the Louisville Bats. Monday’s game at Huntington Park is scheduled to start at 7:05 PM. 

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