Clippers top Mud Hens behind two Jose Ramirez home runs
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.
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.
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.
"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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