Columbs Clippers, Urshela beat Rochester Red Wings, 7-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Rochester Red Wings were shut out in their third game of the series against the Columbus Clippers, losing 7-0. The Clippers can sweep Rochester Thursday night where they will finish up the four game series.
It was the bottom of the second and a single from one of the newest additions to the Clippers, Giovanny Urshela and an error by Rochester put two runners on base before Roberto Perez stepped up to the dish. Perez took one ball before going yard to left field. The three-run homer put the Clippers up, 3-0, and they never looked back.
Columbus had Red Wings starter Trevor May's number at Huntington Park Wednesday afternoon. May went 4.2 innings, with eight hits, five runs – four earned – and walked three before exiting the game.
Travis Banwart took the mound for Columbus, and pitched his best game this season. The former Wichita State Shocker gave up three hits to the Red Wings and fanned eight in six innings of work.
With a 3-0 lead the Clippers offense went back at it in the fifth.
With two outs David Cooper drew a walk, followed by first baseman Jesus Aguilar's only hit of the night, a line drive to left field. Carlos Moncrief followed up with a walk to load the bases for Urshela.
Urshela came up with his second hit of the night – a ground-rule double – bringing Cooper and Aguilar home to push the lead to 5-0. Columbus' third baseman is currently hitting .400, with four RBIs in his first five games with the club.
Austin Adams got the call in the seventh and continued to keep Rochester off the board, allowing one hit and one walk. Adams followed with a three-up three-down inning for the eighth.
Columbus tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning.
Matt Carson lead of the inning with a hit clear to the centerfield warning track, landing directly under the scoreboard. Perez joined Carson on base by drawing the walk. Next up, Audy Ciriaco loaded up the bases with a single.
The Clippers’ win evens their record back up to 15-15. The .500 team still sits at second in the IL West standings – four games behind first-place Indianapolis. Columbus is scheduled to stay in town after its last game with Rochester Thursday for a home series with the Syracuse Chiefs.
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