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McAlister, Columbus dismantle Lehigh, 14-2

The Clippers belted a season-high 20 hits in Saturday's drubbing of the IronPigs.

McAlister, Columbus dismantle Lehigh, 14-2
Columbus right fielder Carlos Moncrief (24) went 4-for-6 with a double, a RBI and scored a run in Saturday's 14-2 route of the Lehigh IronPigs. (Photo credit: Brittany Chay)
June 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Clippers fought back after a loss Friday night with a 14-2 victory against the Lehigh IronPigs. 

With Zach McAllister on the mound Columbus kept the Pigs to eight hits in seven innings. McAllister joined the triple-A Clippers when veteran Vinnie Pestano rejoined the Tribe.

McAllister let one up early when a double to right field was brought in by a single line drive that over center fielder Tyler Holt's head. The IronPigs took an early lead in the first 1-0.

Down by one and the Clipper's offense took control with Audy Ciriaco taking one in the side to get on base. Justin Sellers followed up with a single to left field to move him to second.

Tyler Holt then led to a force out that led to Sellers getting thrown out at second. With runners on the corners, Elliot Johnson drew the walk to load the bases with one out.

Jesus Aguilar then hit into a fielding error to bring in Columbus' second run of the night. Columbus continued their dominance with Giovanny Urshela and Carlos Moncrief both collecting singles. It was Roberto Perez who claimed the name of difference maker though when he tripled to the center field warning track for a triple and a three RBI hit.

Ciriaco continued with a line drive to left field to collect Perez off the bags, bringing the Clippers to a 7-1 lead.

Lehigh Valley only made a quick comeback in the bottom of the fourth. Up by seven and the Clipper's starter let up a double followed by a single soft fly to center to bring the Iron Pigs to a 8-2 deficit.

It was all Columbus bats beyond that point. Moncrief collected four hits for the night while Urshela and Perez both took account for three.

With bats hot McAllister ultimately went seven innings, and was backed up by new comer Tyler Sturdevant and Frank Herrmann for a inning each.

The Clippers took the second match up with the Iron Pigs 14-2, which is nothing new for the second seeded team in the International League West.

The 39-36 team has been on a rough track since losing four of their last five games. The Clippers will continue for eight more games on the road before returning to the confines of Huntington Park. 

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