Carson, Cooper lead Clippers past Chiefs, 4-2
Clippers rally past Chiefs behind the bats of Matt Carson and David Cooper.
COLUMBUS, OH - A tied up ball game in the seventh, the Columbus Clippers had the bases loaded with two outs. David Cooper stepped into the box and delivered a hit right down the left field line, bringing in Audy Ciriaco and Tim Fedroff to score. The double put Columbus up for the first time in the game 4-2.
The Clippers late rally proved to be enough to take the win 4-2. They lead the series with the Syracuse Chiefs 2-0.
The inconsistent righty Tyler Cloyd started on the mound for the Clippers producing a proming line, hurling 6 innings allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 4 walks and fanned 7 batters.
The Chief's took advantage of Cloyd in the third. Cloyd put one on base by giving up a well-placed line drive out to left field. After a controversial strikeout, Cloyd left one hanging and Emmanuel Burriss took it for a ride out to the center field scoreboard. The two-run homer put the Chiefs up 2-0.
Down by two center fielder Matt Carson led off the third inning by being hit by a pitch. The center fielder then stole second, his fourth stolen base of the season. Carson put himself in scoring position for a line drive to the warning track by Fedroff. Fedroff's RBI double cut Syracuse's lead in half.
"We've done a really good job at having some key at bats later in the game when we needed to," said manager Chris Tremie.
Into the seventh and it seemed the Clippers were not going to be able to rally past the Chiefs, after leaving nine on base. With one-out Carson singled on an infield grounder, Roberto Perez followed up drawing the walk to put two on. The clutch hit came after a pitching change by the Chiefs; Audy Ciriaco came up and hit one clear to the wall in left field. Circiaco hit a double to score Carson to tie the game up 2-2.
The Clippers continued their rally with one more clutch double in the seventh, putting them up 4-2. That proved to be enough for Columbus whose bullpen kept the rest scoreless.
Tremie said of Cooper who for a second night in a row came up with the clutch hit. "He's had some big at bats. He's been through a lot in the last couple years and for him to be back playing and contributing every day. Credit to him for working to get back."
Scott Barnes entered the game after the sixth and gave up one hit, one walk and fanned one. Frank Herrmann also put in an inning of work in the eighth, striking out two. Mark Lowe was the final call made on the night; Lowe was impressive striking out the first two before a pop fly to left field sealed the Chiefs fate.
Tremie spoke highly of his bullpen saying, "All eight of them down there really do a nice job."
The win extends Columbus' winning streak to six games. "Our pitching has been fantastic and we've played good defense and really all around played really good baseball," said Tremie.
The win ties the International League West standings up. The Clippers are sharing the first seat with Indianapolis who was previously holding the spot all season alone.
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