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Clippers top Mud Hens behind two Jose Ramirez home runs

Clippers top Mud Hens behind two Jose Ramirez home runs
Photo credt: Tony Lastoria/IBI
April 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was the bottom of the third inning when Jose Ramirez went yard for the second time, blasting a fastball from Toledo's starter Kyle Lobstein out to left field to close in on the Mud Hens 3-2 lead.

Ramirez’s two home runs helped the Columbus Clippers to a 6-4 against the Toledo Mud Hens Monday.

"Just what an outstanding night for Jose," Columbus manager Chris Tremie said.

The win snapped Columbus' three-game losing streak. 

The Clippers were the first to reach the board with lead off hitter Ramirez's big fly out to left field in the first inning.

The lead was fairly short lived as Toledo came up big in the third. Starter Travis Banwart walked two before giving up a three-run homer to the left fielder Tyler Collins. Toledo took the lead, 3-1.

Columbus came back as Jesus Aguilar followed Ramirez's home run in the third with one of his own. The two solo homers tied up the game.

"We ended up getting ahead and then we gave up a three run homer then battled back... It was great to see them battle back like that. That's in them and we hadn't done it yet but we did it tonight and I would think they continue to do it," Tremie said.

Banwart couldn't hold off the Mud Hens, giving up another long ball in the fourth and handing the Mud Hens the edge.

The Clippers answered the call for a second time. Roberto Perez got his only hit of the night, a single to bring Ryan Rohlinger in to score and tie up the game.

There was no let up on Columbus' part after the sixth. Nick Hagadone was called to the mound and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball, earning him the win for the night.

In the eighth, Matt Carson became the hero hitting a single to score Carlos Moncrief, and eventually scored himself for a two-run lead heading into the ninth. 

"He came up in a situation there in a tie ball game, put together a really good at bat and came through," said Tremie.

Mark Lowe came in to close and pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season.

The Clippers are scheduled to play Gwinnett in a four-game series starting Tuesday. Even after the win Columbus sits in last place, one game behind Toledo.

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