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Clippers lose in extra innings, 4-3

Clippers lose in extra innings, 4-3
June 9, 2013
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GWINNETT- The Columbus Clippers lost their third game in a row Saturday night, losing in extra innings to the Gwinnett Braves 4-3.

Columbus called on Trevor Bauer to start the evening. The former first round draft pick did not disappoint, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing Gwinnett to only 5 hits.

With Bauer dominating the Braves, Columbus stepped up offensively. In the second inning, Chun-Hsiu Chen hit a lead-off homer to give the Clippers a 1-0 lead. It was Chen’s third homer of the season.

Starting pitcher for Gwinnett, Brandon Beachy, allowed Columbus two hits during the stretch, Matt Lawson was the only Clipper to draw a walk. Bauer continued to hold Gwinnett recording two of his six strikeouts of the night during the stretch.

Chen came in big for Columbus again in the sixth inning to score their second run. After Ryan Buchter replaced Beach on the hill for Gwinnett, Chen drew a walk. While catcher Omir Santos was in the batter’s box, Chen went to steal second attracting attention from the catcher. After a throwing error by Toledo’s Matt Pagnozzi Chen continued on thome for his second run of the game.

Bauer pitched his final inning in the seventh before being replaced on the mound by JC Romero. Romero could not hold the Braves as Bauer did. In the eighth inning Gwinnett started on a comeback. After allowing a single and walking two, the bases were juiced with only one out. Gwinnett’s Joey Terdoslavich hit a sacrifice fly, scoring the Braves first run.

Columbus furthered their lead in the ninth inning to 3-1. Center fielder Tim Fedroff  roped his second hit of the game, a single. Nate Spears hit a one-out single, but Fedroff was thrown out at hom. Ezequiel Carrera hit a triple, scoring the final run.

Gwinnett was not ready to go to the showers in the ninth, staging a comeback. Preston Guilmet took the mound to close the game for the Clippers. The first Gwinnett batter Guilmet faced hit a double. After two outs Jose Constanza reached base on a fielding error by second baseman Spears, allowing the Braves to score. A single line drive to left field scored Gwinnett the tying run for the Braves.

Moving into extra innings, Columbus’ offense couldn’t muster up a run to rally back against the Braves. Jeremy Hermida was the only Clipper to reach base in the tenth inning, drawing a walk from Gwinnett pitcher Cory Rasmus. Paolo Espino took over the hill attempting to hold the Braves late in the tenth. After striking out the first batter, Espino allowed a triple. Espino attempted to resolve the situation intentionally walking the next two batters to load the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly sealed Columbus’ fate scoring the winning run for Gwinnett.

Columbus is currently on a four game losing binge, and has lost 15 of their last 17 games. Despite their recent struggles Columbus remains in the second seat of the International League West standings. The Clippers record has struggled falling to .476.

Sunday, Columbus will continue their road trip in Gwinnett, where Danny Salazar is slated to face Braves pitcher Sean Gilmartin.

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