Columbus Clippers win, 8-1, against Red Wings on the road
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Columbus Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak as they traveled to Syracuse, N.Y., to face the Red Wings Saturday night.
Columbus trumped the Red Wings, 8-1, in their first game of the four-game series.
Travis Banwart took the mound for the Clippers, going 5.2 innings, with seven hits and one run. Banwart earned his third win against Syracuse.
With Columbus' pitching holding strong their offense exploded. Going into the fifth down by one with two outs Ryan Rohlinger sent a grounder past first base for a double. Right fielder Carlos Moncriefreached base on a walk and both were brought in by Just Sellers line drive deep to left field. The Clippers weren't quite done, Audy Ciriaco sent an identical hit to left field to bring Sellers home. The Red Wings got out of the inning down, 3-1.
The momentum stayed with the Clippers heading into the sixth. Tim Fedroff lead off the inning with a frozen line to center field. With two outs Fedroff put himself in scoring position stealing second. David Cooper came up with a single to bring his left fielder in to score.
With a three run lead the Clippers got hot again in the eighth. Ciriaco made it to first drawing the walk, followed by Fedroff reaching on a fielding error. Giovanny Urshela brought both runners in with his single out to the center field wall.
Columbus continued to roll through the inning with a double by David Cooper, bringing Fedroff home. George Kottaras made contact for his second RBI. Clippers went into the bottom of the eighth with a seven run lead.=
The Clippers retain their place at second the International League West standings. With Indianapolis three games ahead, and Louisville just a single win back. After their series with Rochester the Clippers return home to face the Durham Bulls.
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