Clippers give up big lead, lose 5-4 to Pawtucket
Pawtucket- The Columbus Clippers lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-4 Sunday in the third game of their four game series.
On Sunday it was RHP Kevin Slowey’s (2-3) turn to start on the mound for Columbus, while Pawtucket countered with former major leaguer Ross Ohlendorf (3-3).
The Clippers jumped ahead in the top of the first inning when first basemen Beau Mills hit a sacrifice fly to left field allowing second basemen Andy LaRoche to score the first run of the game.
The game would remain 1-0 until the bottom half of the second inning when the Pawsox were able to tie up the game when left-fielder Scott Podsednik recorded and RBI on a sacrifice fly to center field. On the play Pawtucket right fielder Alex Hassan scored.
Columbus broke through in the fourth with three runs, lead by DH Russ Canzler’s second homerun of the season, and coming in consecutive nights. Left-fielder Chad Huffman and Mills were on base during the homerun, making the score 4-1 Columbus after four innings played.
After Hassan hit a RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, Slowey was replaced by RHP relief pitcher Frank Herrmann.
Neither of the two starters picked up a decision in this game. Slowey ended up pitching five and a third innings, giving up four runs of which only three were earned, and only struck out one hitter.
Herrmann had a rough sixth inning giving up two runs, allowing the Red Sox to tie up the game. After Podsednik singled on a ground ball to right field, first basemen Lars Anderson scored. Then later in the inning, Hasson was able to tie the game up after he scored on a sacrifice fly hit by catcher Mike Rivera.
Columbus brought Cody Allen in to pitch in the eighth inning, as Allen gave up two hits and one run on a solo homerun to Hassen. Allen picked up his first loss of the season, after Sundays pitching performance.
Mark Melancon entered the game for Pawtucket in the top half of nine, as he successfully picked up his fourth save of the season after sitting the Clippers’ hitters down in order.
These two squads will face each other Monday afternoon at 12:05 pm EST, as the Columbus Clippers look to avoid a four game sweep in Pawtucket.
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