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Columbus Clippers in back-and-forth battle against Rochester, 6-4

Columbus Clippers in back-and-forth battle against Rochester, 6-4
Photo credit: Tony Lastoria/flickr
May 5, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After three scoreless innings from both sides, Columbus' bats got red hot in the fourth. 

Matt Carson stepped into the box and doubled to left field, bringing in Carlos Moncrief and Ryan Rohlinger to score. Carson wouldn't be left stranded, Roberto Perez followed up with a hard=hit single to bring Carson in for the Clippers third run.

Columbus took the win Monday night at Huntington Park, beating the Rochester Red Wings, 6-4. An impressive showing in its first game back at home after arriving at 6 a.m. Monday morning from nine games away.

Once the fourth inning was shut down, Columbus was sitting pretty with a three-run lead and starter Tyler Cloyd well on his way to a quality start. This was all short lived as the Red Wings answered back in the fifth. 

Two walks and an error by shortstop Justin Sellers – his eighth of the season – loaded the bases up immediately in the fifth. A fielders choice got the first out at home, but kept three base runners on. Second baseman James Beresford stepped up to the plate and sent a big fly out to right field for the grand slam.  Rochester left the inning leading the Clippers, 4-3.

With the Red Wings on their third pitcher of the night, Columbus took advantage of southpaw Matt Hoffman in the sixth.

Manager Chris Tremie took notice of his newest third baseman Urshela saying, "He's been very good his first few games and that's what we expected. 

Nick Hagadone kept the Clippers in this one through the seventh. Pitching two innings, Hagadone held Rochester to one hit and fanned four.

Bottom of the eighth and it was a familiar setting. Leading off, Urshela sent a fly ball to right field bouncing into the warning track for a triple. With one out and Urshela still on third Carson went yard. The two run homer put Columbus up, 6-4.

"Carson having a great offensive night tonight with multiple hits and four RBI. A really good day by him," said Tremie.

Mike Zagurski and Mark Lowe were called to the mound for an inning each. Zagurski earned his second win for his work, while Lowe received his seventh save of the season.

"Really good job by the pen, Cloyd threw the ball well also," said Tremie.

The Clippers and the Red Wings are set to return to Huntington Tuesday afternoon to continue their four game series. The win Monday night brings the Clippers one game below .500 at 14-15.

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