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Big inning costs Clippers in 5-4 loss to Rochester

Big inning costs Clippers in 5-4 loss to Rochester
May 12, 2013
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ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Red Wings took their first game of the series Sunday as they scored five runs in the bottom half of the sixth to secure the 5-4 victory over the Columbus Clippers, who hold a 2-1 series lead in the four-game set.

The Clippers took both games of the May 11th doubleheader with consistent hitting and quality pitching. Unfortunately, Sunday would be a different story with regards to the quality pitching.

New to the Triple A scene, Clippers’ right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, one of the Indians top pitching prospects, made his first start on the bump after being assigned from the Akron Aeros on May 12. Salazar had an impressive first outing, giving up only two hits and walking three batters while adding five strikeouts to his performance. He didn’t figure in the decision, but certainly looked every bit the part of a top starter.

The Clippers got things started when centerfielder Ezequiel Carrera hit his first homerun since rejoining the Clippers, when he sent a ball over the centerfield wall in the first inning. Carrera had his best performance of his short season in a Clippers’ uniform Sunday, finishing up 2-for-5 with two RBIs on the day.

The Clippers’ found trouble in the bottom half of the sixth when the Red Wings registered five of their nine hits on the game, and took control of the game.

Clippers’ lefty reliever Scott Barnes replaced Salazar at the beginning of the inning and would turn the tide of the game with a poor performance. Barnes was making his first appearance since a short stint with the Indians.

Barnes pitched 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and five earned runs, while walking one batter. The Red Wings five-run inning put the game out of reach despite the late batting success of the Clippers.

The Clippers’ captured five of their nine hits between the seventh and ninth inning, but it was too little, too late, producing  two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, but falling one run short of tying the game and sending it into extra innings.

Clippers’ third baseman Ryan Rohlinger kept his hot streak from the plate alive, going 2-for-5 on the game. Rohlinger who has had recent success at the second spot in the batting order (.368) had a quality day from the seventh spot Sunday.

Barnes ended up with his first loss of the season (2-1) for the Clippers, while Red Wings starting righty P.J. Walters brought home his fourth win of the season (4-2).

The Red Wings will send out righty Virgil Vasquez Monday—while the Clippers’ starting pitcher is still to be determined.

The final game of the series will begin at 7:05 pm.

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