Clippers beat Mudhens in thriller, 6-5
DH Matt Carson led Columbus going 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI
COLUMBUS, OH - Danny Salazar took the mound for the Clippers Saturday night, after a career-high 105 pitches during his last outing. The righty was shaky however, pitching six innings and allowing four runs on five hits. Salazar did fan his fair share of Toledo Mudhens with nine strikeouts on the night.
Columbus claimed the win at home 6-5 against the Mudhens for their second win in a row.
Fans were on the edge of their seat at Huntington Park. Salazar let up a quick three runs to the Mudhens in the top of the first.
Down by three early the Clippers tried to fight back. With one out Tyler Holt reached third on a fielding error by Toledo catcher James McCann. Holt came running home when Jesus Aguilar hit into a fielder's choice and was ultimately thrown out at second. Clippers went into the second down 3-1.
Columbus was down but not out as they rallied in the third. Matt Carson led off with a bouncing ground ball out to right field. With Carson on first Holt reached base again drawing the walk. Aguilar singled on a fly ball out to left field, putting runners on the corners and bringing Carson home to score.
Giovanny Urshela came through with a laser out to left field for his fifth triple of the season. Holt and Aguilar arrived safely at home to take the lead, but Urshela was thrown out at home to end the inning.
With the one run lead Salazar unraveled in the fourth. After putting two on base with his own fielding error and a walk, Salazar let up a single bringing in the tying run.
With things all tied up Columbus came out swinging. Bottom of the sixth with two outs Elliot Johnson drew the walk. Carlos Moncrief stepped up to the dish singling on a grounder for his only hit of the night. Carson would not strand the two runners, belting a double to left field. Johnson and Moncrief tallied up a run, putting the Clippers in the lead 6-4.
Salazar continued into the seventh, walking the first two Mudhens he saw before being replaced by Bryan Price. Price let up a RBI single to his first batter and was pulled afterwards. Saturday was Price's second appearance since returning to Columbus.
The Clippers held on to their one run lead, to improve their record to 48-41. The win tied Columbus for first place in the International League West standings for the first time this year.
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