Clippers sail away from Braves with 16-5 thumping
GWINNETT- The Columbus Clippers blew away the Gwinnett Braves Sunday afternoon, winning 16-5. The win broke Columbus’ four game losing streak they were riding.
The Clippers and the Braves started out the game putting big numbers on to the board. After Columbus starting pitcher Danny Salazar was taken out of the game in the second inning, Gwinnett hit a slump not scoring for the next seven innings. Columbus’ offense continued to score every inning, until the ninth when they were kept scoreless.
In the first inning Columbus’ offense got on the board first scoring three runs. After left fielder Ezequiel Carrera flied out to right field,Matt Carson stepped up to the plate hitting a sharp fly ball to center field for a double. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall came up next cracking a line drive to right field for yet another double scoring Carson. Cord Phelps followed his teammates lead hitting a ground ball to left for a double, sending Chisenhall home. First baseman Chun-Hsiu Chen brought Phelps in with a line drive single.
The bottom of the first inning went almost as well for Gwinnett as for Columbus. Although, Danny Salazar struck out three Braves’ batters, he also allowed three hits including a double that scored two runs for Gwinnett.
In the second inning fielding errors made by Gwinnett allowed Columbus to score another run. Matt Lawsonreached first base on a fielding error by Braves third baseman. A wild pitch then sent Lawson to second. Carrera also reached on a fielding error that simultaneously scored Lawson.
Salazar racked up another rocky inning in the second allowing Gwinnett to take the lead for the only time in the game. The Braves started the inning with a double hit out to left field by Alden Carrithers. A single hit off Salazar would later score Carrithers. After another single, runners were placed on second and first. A fielding error by Chen awarded Gwinnett the tying run. Salazar was unable to finish the inning after allowing another run, and after walking a batter to load the bases Salazar was taken out of the game. Cole Cook took the mound making his second appearance this year with Columbus. Cook ended the inning with no further damage.
Chen was responsible for scoring the tying run in the third inning, hitting a single home run off of Gwinnett starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin.
Cook continued to hold the Braves late in the third and again in the fourth inning. Cook’s performance earned him his first win of the season with Columbus.
Columbus took over the game in the fourth inning adding five runs to their lead. Catcher Chris Wallace was the first to get on base hitting a line drive single out to left field. Ezequiel Carrera took the plate behind Wallace drawing a walk. Carson was walked next to load the bases with only one out. Chisenhall then hit his second double of the night to score Wallace and Carrera. Phelps didn’t disappoint with a sacrifice fly to center sending Carson home. Hermida stepped up to the plate hitting a double which scored Chisenhall. Chen was walked by Gilmartin and thenTim Fedroff singled to right field sending Hermida home for the fifth run of the inning.
Wallace started the fifth inning off with a double. Carrera and Carson would each reach base because of walks, loading the bases with no outs. Chisenhall came up with another RBI hitting a sacrifice fly to bring Wallace home. The inning finally ended after Phelps and Hermida struck out.
Columbus made their second call to the bullpen in the fifth for Chris Jakubauskas. Jakubauskas pitched two innings for Columbus and allowed no runs or hits during his time on the mound.
In the sixth inning Columbus continued their domination over Gwinnett pitchers. Chen began the inning reaching base on a walk. Lawson hit a sharp line drive out to left field for a double. Wallace came up with a sacrifice fly to score Chen.
Chisenhall was the first to reach base in the seventh inning with a single line drive. Hermida doubled on a line drive to right field for his second double of the night. Chen came up with another single, scoring both Chisenhall and Hermida. Chen had four RBIs Sunday evening.
Scott Barnes replaced Jakubauskas in the seventh inning. Barnes racked up two strikeouts and only allowed one Braves runner on base.
The Braves made their third pitching change of the night in the eighth, but was unable to stop the red hot Clippers. Lawson recorded his second hit of the night starting the inning off with a single, then took second on a wild pitch. Carrera grounded out for the second out of the inning, but scored Lawson. Carson then hit a homerun, his seventh of the season.
Columbus also made a pitching change in the eighth inning, calling in Bryan Price to replace Barnes. Price closed the game keeping Gwinnett from getting on the board again.
The ninth inning was the only inning Columbus would keep off the board. They had already sealed the Braves fate with an eleven run lead.
Sunday’s game made sure Columbus would not fall victim to another seven game losing streak. Even after the Clippers recent struggles the remain seated second in the International League West Standings, right under the Indianapolis Indians.
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