Clippers extend streak, shutout RailRaiders, 7-0
Columbus extended their winning streak to four games after Saturday's win.
COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Clippers won their tenth straight game against the Scranton RailRiders Saturday night with a shutout victory. The Clippers 7-0 win came with the help of Zach McAllister who made his second rehab start in Columbus.
McAllister produced four innings of scoreless baseball, giving up five hits and one walk and fanning two.
Stellar pitching was a large part of Columbus' win, but the Clippers' offense was on point and kept the RailRiders at bay.
Bottom of the third and Roberto Perez drew the walk to get on base. Justin Sellers followed up with a hard hit single deep into left field, putting runners on first and second. Both runners advanced on a groundout by Tyler Holt.
With two outs Tim Fedroff sent the ball rolling down the third base line for the clutch single, bringing Perez in to score the first run of the game.
With two on Jesus Aguilar stepped up to the dish and took the offering deep into right field for a three-run homer. Aguilar's big fly put the Clippers up 4-0.
Columbus refused to take their foot off the gas coming back for more in the fifth. Holt took a walk before stealing his fifth base of the season to advance to second. Like clockwork Aguilar came up with a big hit to bring Holt home for one of his four RBI of the night.
Not to be left behind Aguilar came running into home from second after a fielding error by Scranton's right fielder, former Clipper Russ Canzler.
Six up and Columbus decided to tack one more on in the sixth. Perez led off the inning with a solo blast into the left field bleachers. Since returning from the DL in late May Perez has recorded a hit in eight of his last ten games.
That would be all the Clippers had left in the tank and it proved to be plenty, especially with the support from the pitching staff.
Once McAllister left the game C.C. Lee entered for one inning and kept Scranton off the board. The strong bullpen continued with Gabriel Arias who pitched three scoreless innings, only allowing a single hit and striking out four. Arias earned the win and improved his record to 2-2 on the season.
Frank Hermmann came in to close and didn't disappoint with yet another scoreless inning.
The Clippers are currently on a four-game win streak with one more game against Scranton before Charlotte comes to town. Their recent hot streak has boosted them back over .500 (35-33) and up to second in the International League West standings.
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