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Salazar dominates as Clippers blow out Buffalo 8-0

Columbus comes up one out shy of no-hit bid in victory over Bisons

Salazar dominates as Clippers blow out Buffalo 8-0
August 3, 2013
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COLUMBUS- The Columbus Clippers lost their no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth innings but regardless, the end result was still a masterpiece.

Led by yet another spectacular outing by right-hander Danny Salazar, the Clippers trumped the Buffalo Bisons 8-0 Friday.

After fanning 11 batter in his last start on July 28, Salazar returned to strike out eight more and did not allow a single hit over his five innings of work for his fourth win of the year.

He retired the side in four of those innings and did it on just 52 pitches, 77 percent of which were called for strikes.

Talk about dominating.

The duo of relievers Preston Guilmet and Vinnie Pestano kept Salazar’s no-hitter intact through the eighth. Left-hander Clay Rapada entered the game in the ninth and retired the first two batters before giving up a single to right fielder Anthony Gose for Buffalo’s first hit. Center fielder Kevin Pillar flew out to center to conclude the game.

Center fielder Tim Fedroff had a terrific night at the plate, racking up two hits and accounting for four of the Clippers’ five runs. Columbus smacked around the Bisons’ pitching staff all night long, collecting 11 hits throughout the affair.

Second baseman Luis Hernandez exited the game with an apparent injury after stealing second base in the bottom of the fifth. Infielder Nate Spears replaced him as a pinch-runner.

Unlike Salazar’s previous start, the Clipper offense provided their pitcher with plenty of support, notching runs in four-consecutive innings.

Their first run came in the bottom of the third inning. Catcher Roberto Perez lead off by roping a double into right field and second baseman Luis Hernandez knocked him in with an RBI single to center.

A pair of two-out walks in the latter half of the fourth set up right fielder Matt Carson for a fly ball base hit to right for the second run of the contest. In the following inning, Fedroff smacked a single to center to bring Spears home.

Fedroff struck again with a clutch two-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the sixth and walked with the bases full in the eighth to put Columbus up 6-0.

Back-to-back base knocks by first baseman Chun Hsiu-Chen and left fielder Jeremy Hermida gave the Clippers their final runs of the contest.

Buffalo southpaw J.A. Happ took the loss after surrendering three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings.

The convincing victory improves Columbus to 54-61 on the season.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-6, 4.02 ERA) will take the hill for the Clippers in game three of the series and attempt to give them a 2-1 series advantage. Standing in his way will be Buffalo left-hander Blaine Hardy (4-0, 1.71 ERA). Action is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

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