Clippers come through with a 5-3 win
COLUMBUS, OH – The fireworks display began early for the 10,529 in attendance at Huntington Park on Friday night as the Columbus Clippers (47-41) and the Toledo Mud Hens (43-46) put seven of the games eight runs on the board in the bottom of the first and the top of the second innings.
The Clippers used a four-run first to grab the early lead, one that they would not relinquish in a 5-3 victory that snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Clippers came out swinging, stringing together five consecutive hits and six total in the inning to produce four runs against Toledo starter Duane Below (6-3, 4.27). Jesus Aguilar drove in the first run on a single to left. After Giovanny Urshela doubled to right, Roberto Perez, sent one back up the middle to drive in both runners. Audy Ciriaco followed with a double and Carlos Moncrief went the other way, hitting one off the glove of a diving third baseman to drive in Perez.
Ryan Rohlinger walked to load the bases, but Justin Sellers grounded into an inning-ending double play, barely getting beat by the return throw. Afterwards, Sellers and manager Chris Tremie were ejected for arguing the play.
Toledo came right back with three runs in the second off of Clippers starter Toru Murata. James McCann and Wade Gaynor both doubled in runs and former Clipper Ezequiel Carrera cut the lead to one with a single to center.
Roberto Perez drove in the Clippers fifth run on a double to deep center that bounced just below the yellow line. Giovanny Urshela, who had walked previously scored on the play.
Tyler Sturdevant (1-0, 0.00) pitched the sixth and seventh for the win after Nick Hagadone replaced Murata in the fifth. Sturdevant stuck out the side in the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh.
Austin Adams pitched the final two innings to record his second save of the year. This appearance gives 12 consecutive scoreless appearances spanning 15.2 innings. He has recorded both of his saves during that period.
Toru Murata was transferred to Columbus before the game to start in place of Travis Banwart, who was placed on the Temporarily Inactive List before the game.
The Clippers and Toledo finish their four game home and home on Saturday night at 7:05 PM at Huntington Park. Columbus will start right-hander Danny Salazar (2-5, 4.75), who has put together back-to-back quality starts.
He went 7.1 innings in his last start against Louisville and allowed only one run and struck out nine batters. That is the third time in his seven starts in Columbus that he has struck out that many batters.
Starting for Toledo is lefty Kyle Lobstein (6-7, 3.51), who faced the Clippers on April 21. In that game, he went five innings and allowed three runs in a no decision.
Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.