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Clippers drop home series finale, 6-2

Clippers drop home series finale, 6-2
May 23, 2012
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COLUMBUS—Playing at an unusually early time amidst bleak and dreary weather, the Columbus Clippers got off to a slow start Tuesday morning against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and didn’t get much better as the game went on.

Columbus (21-24) fell to the Yankees, 6-2, in the finale of a four-game set between the two clubs. In defeat, the Clippers lose the series, 3-1, and have yet to win a series this month.

Left-hander Chris Seddon took the loss for Columbus, giving up six earned runs in seven innings of work. The six earned runs allowed is a season high for Seddon (4-3).

While Columbus seemed to sleepwalk through the games early innings, Scranton/WB did not. The Yankees began the 10:35 a.m. game with a five-run top of the first inning.

Scranton/WB center fielder Kevin Russo doubled to right field and scored three at bats later on a sacrifice fly to left field. With two outs, the Yankees reeled off three-straight singles, plating three runs, before designated hitter Gustavo Molina doubled to center field, bring home his team’s fifth run of the inning.

With its top hitter, Matt LaPorta, not in the lineup, the Columbus offense struggled to produce runs off Yankees’ starter, right-hander Ramon Ortiz.

Ortiz pitched eight-strong innings, striking out four Clippers while allowing two runs, both of which came on solo home runs.

The Clippers managed to get one run back in the bottom of the second inning on a solo shot to right-center field by recently called up right fielder Jared Goedert. Hitting cleanup with LaPorta out, Goedert, who hit five homers with Double-A Akron, went 1-for-4. LaPorta, meanwhile, missd the game because he was hit in two of his at-bats in Tuesday night’s 9-6 loss.

After Scranton/WB put another run across in the top of the sixth inning on an infield single to shortstop, Columbus got another solo homer, this time from second baseman Cord Phelps. The only Clipper in the game with two hits, Phelps went 2-for-4.

Both team’s bullpens had little trouble shutting down the opposing offenses.

Right-handers Cody Allen and Cole Cook pitched two-scoreless innings relieving Seddon, while Yankees’ left-hander Julian Cedeno preserved the win for Scranton/WB in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With the loss, Columbus finishes its eight-game home stand, 3-5. The Clippers have an off day Wednesday before traveling to Syracuse to begin a 12-game road trip.

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