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Game Recaps: Friday 5/22

May 23, 2009
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Clippers top Herd 10-4

The Clippers jumped on the Bisons early and often Friday night at Coca-Cola Field on their way to a 10-4 victory over the Herd.

Columbus scored single runs in each of the first three innings before platting six more runs in the fourth, highlighted by a three-run home run by Chris Gimenez, to put the game out of reach early.

In building their lead, the Clippers combined the big fly with some small ball. Columbus got the lead off batter to second base with no outs in three of the first four innings and each time was able to advance the runner to third on a groundout to second base. The following batter was able to bring the run home each time, twice on singles by Josh Barfield and Wilson Valdez.

The only time in that span they didn't get the lead off batter aboard, Travis Hafner, on a major league rehab assignment from the Cleveland Indians, hit a solo home run to center in the third inning.

Meanwhile, Clippers starter Jack Cassel held the Bisons in check in his six and a third innings of work. The veteran right-hander gave up three runs on four hits while striking out three to earn the win.

The Bisons mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Fernando Martinez singled with the bases loaded platting two runners and Cory Sullivan scored on a wild pitch that cut the Clipper lead to 9-4.

Bisons' reliever Tim McNab was effective in relief, needing only 32 pitches to get through three and a third scoreless innings.

The two teams square-off again on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. for game three of the four game set. The Bisons will send Dillon Gee (1-3, 3.65) to the bump against Clippers' starter Jeremy Sowers (2-1, 2.03).

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