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Columbus Clippers take comeback win against Syracuse, 5-4

Columbus Clippers take comeback win against Syracuse, 5-4
Photo credit: Brittany Chay/flickr
May 12, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Clippers took the win at Huntington Park Monday morning, beating the Syracuse Chiefs, 5-4.

It was the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a tie ball game whenLuke Carlin singled, followed by a walk drawn by Justin Sellers.Audy Ciriaco came up with the clutch hit – a high fly clear to the center field wall – that brought Carlin in to score the winning run.

Travis Banwart made the start for the Clippers. After a three-up, three-down inning, Syracuse got on the board first in the second. Banwart gave up a grounder into left field for a single, beforeJhonatan Solano sent a big fly out to left field for the two run homer.

With the Clippers down by two going into the fourth Banwart gave up his second homer of the night to the Chiefs leadoff hitter.

Columbus' offense finally showed signs of life late in the fourth. David Cooper singled on a ground ball down the middle, then made his way to second during the next out. Elliot Johnson reached first on a fielding error, which also brought Cooper home to score. Columbus trailed Syracuse, 3-1, at the end of the fourth.

The Clippers made a rally in the seventh as Elliot Johnson came in strong with a triple on a fly ball deep into center field. Carlos Moncrief did his part to bring Johnson in to score with a single. Roberto Perez made it to first on a bunt, before pinch runner Carlin replaced him.

Sellers grounded out, but brought the second run of the inning in to tie the game up 3-3. Another ground out brought Carlin in to home to give Columbus the one-run lead. 

Top of the ninth and Mark Lowe replaced Vinnie Pestano, who pitched a perfect inning in the eighth. Lowe gave up two singles before a fielding error by Cooper gave up the tying run to the Chiefs. 

The late rally by the Clippers gave them the final win before their road series in Rochester, set to begin Tuesday.

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