For the second straight night, the Clippers put together another standout offensive performance as they held on for 9-6 victory over Syracuse.
After four scoreless innings, it would be Columbus that would break through on the scoreboard. Russ Canzler doubled down the left field line to begin the frame. Andy LaRoche then singled to right and Matt Pagnozzi walked to load the bases with nobody out. Following a Jason Donald strikeout, Ezequiel Carrera just missed a grand slam as he doubled off the center field wall, driving home two and giving the Clippers a 2-0 advantage.
It would become 3-0 Columbus when, in the same inning, Lonnie Chisenhall drove home Pagnozzi from third on an RBI sacrifice fly to left. Following an intentional walk to Matt LaPorta, Jared Goedert connected for his fourth home run with Columbus this season, a three run shot into the right field bleachers that doubled the Clippers' lead to 6-0.
Pagnozzi would help Columbus add on to its lead in the top of the sixth with an RBI sacrifice fly to right that was deep enough to core Canzler from third, making it 7-0 Clippers. An inning later, Canzler knocked in a run with an RBI single to left, increasing the lead to 8-0 over the Chiefs. That would not be the only run scored for Columbus in the inning as Pagnozzi forced home a run with a bases loaded walk, bringing the Clippers advantage to 9-0.
The Chiefs would finally crack the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh when Carlos Rivero drove home two with a double down the left line. Two more runs would come around to score for Syracuse when Carrera misplayed a fly-ball in centerfield off the bat of Jarrett Houffpauir. Another run would be score when Houffpauir scored on a Mark Teahan single to right. By the time the inning ended, five runs had crossed the plate for Syracuse, making it 9-5 in favor of Columbus.
The Chiefs would try to mount one last rally in the bottom of the ninth. They would load the bases with nobody out. Mark Teahan hit a grounder up the third base line that LaRoche handled and threw to first for the out. That drove home a run, making it a 9-6 contest. Cody Allen then struck out Xavier Paul and got Jhonaton Solano to pop out in foul category to end the game. Corey Kluber (4-4) was awarded the victory for Columbus. Yunesky Maya (3-5) was dealt the loss for Syracuse.
Columbus will conclude its four game series with Syracuse on Sunday night. Columbus will send left-hander Chris Seddon (4-3, 4.70) to the mound. The Chiefs will have Tanner Roark (3-5, 3.89) make the start on the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm.