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Clippers bounce back with 4-2 win over Tides

Martinez looks sharp in seven innings of work to earn win

Clippers bounce back with 4-2 win over Tides
August 18, 2013
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COLUMBUS - The Clippers evened up the series with the Norfolk Tides Sunday night, coming out on top 4-2. Columbus’ offense was able to gain the lead in the third and would never lose it, keeping the Tides off the board for eight innings.

Columbus made the first move in the third inning with two outs. Ryan Rohlinger doubled on a line drive to left field, becoming the only runner on base. Right fielder Tim Fedroff followed with a single sending Rohlinger home to score the first run of the game.

The Clippers continued to roll when Matt LaPorta stepped up to the plate hitting a two run homer out to the left field bleachers. Norfolk starter Tsuyoshi Wada ended the inning with Columbus up 3-0.

After Columbus starter Joe Martinez started the game pitching three scorless innings, the Tides attempted a comeback in the fourth. With one out Martinez served up a single for Norfolk’s third hit of the game. The Tides' next batter homered out to left field, scoring Norfolks only two runs of the game.

Martinez ended the inning and continued pitching through the seventh. The right handed starter allowed seven hits and fanned five batters during his stretch, earning his third win of the season.

Late in the sixth the Clippers furthered their lead against the Tides tacking on another run.

LaPorta led off the inning singling on an infield grounder. Shortstop Juan Diaz turned a fly ball deep in center field into a double putting runners on third and second. Chun-Hsiu Chen reached on a fielder’s choice, with LaPorta running in to score the Clippers final run.

Clay Rapada replaced starter Martinez in the eighth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Rapada was rewarded with his sixth hold of the season Sunday night.

Preston Guilmet took the mound in the ninth and continued to hold Norfolk’s offense. Guilmet received his twentieth save of the season, Guilmet leads the team in saves.

The Clippers most recent stretch has put them above the Louisville Bats in the International League West standings. Columbus remains ten games under the first place Indianapolis Indians.

Huntington Park will hold the Clippers and Tides final game of the series Monday evening. Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to face the Norfolk Tides.

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